By Marcia Heroux Pounds, Sun Sentinel
Hayes Locums, a temporary staffing firm for doctors, announced Wednesday it will add 250 new jobs at a new headquarters on Cypress Road and Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.
But these new jobs won’t go to doctors. Hayes Locums is looking for those with sales, support and back office experience to work to place doctors in positions across the country. Those interested can apply at jobs.hayeslocums.com, where its job openings are listed.
The new headquarters location was chosen over a site in Buffalo, N.Y. By remaining in Fort Lauderdale, Hayes Locums also will retain 184 employees, according to the company, which has been promised $750,000 in state-and-local economic incentives.
Hayes Locums is making $6.8 million investment in a 77,105-square-foot space in Cypress Financial Center at 5900 N. Andrews Ave., which carries TD Bank’s name.
Co-owner and CEO John Hayes said the expansion was necessary as the company has already seen a “50 percent growth in staff since March 2018.” The company was founded in 2012 in Fort Lauderdale.
"What’s fueling the company’s growth is the shortage of healthcare physicians throughout the country. The demand for doctors is great and the supply is not so great,” added Ryan Scherer, co-owner and chief operating officer.
Scherer also said the company also was attracted by the talent pool in the Fort Lauderdale area, where he is seeing more new college graduates and young professional workers seeking jobs.
Bob Swindell, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance said Hayes Locums’ choice of Fort Lauderdale “reaffirms the strength of Broward County as a talent hub for professional services jobs.”
The company, which worked with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, was approved by the city in late 2018 for the economic incentive package based on creating new jobs and investing in the community.
Fort Lauderale will pay $150,000, or 20 percent of the incentives, and the state $600,000, or 80 percent, according to a city commission agenda. Incentives are in the form of tax refunds and only paid if job creation goals are met.
Scherer said the incentives also helped sway the decision to Fort Lauderdale, as one of the company’s co-owners is from Buffalo.