Give us a wave Jim…
This is another in a spate of recent M&A activity in the NZ recruitment agency space and hints at the strength and bullishness that exists here currently.
Japanese giant Temp Holdings expanded their partnership with Kelly Services by taking on a larger stake in the NZ operations of Kelly’s recently. There has also been a coming together of Salt’s between the local version and another of the same name from the other hemisphere. Manpower also recently completed the full takeover of Global Attract and fully melded it into the Experis brand.
This one feels more significant though. The acquisition of AbsoluteIT represents the second such buyout of what most would call a “tier one” IT recruitment brand (locally). Earlier in 2016 Aussie firm Finite bought 920 but that was still one large IT specialist buying another.
This deal is different. Madison are more of a
generalist multi-disciplinary specialist who have made several attempts over the years to organically grow their presence in the IT market without ever quite invading the market share of the likes of the tier one specialists. What was Madison IT became PursuIT in an attempt to distinguish the brands but it still never caught on beyond a few high performing individual consultants. They reverted back to the Madison brand which has continued on since the AWF buyout in 2013.
This deal makes plenty of sense for both sides. Both are well-run, established recruitment brands with an entrenched local history, largely positive reputations, and strong management structures. Being part of the broader group will give absoluteIT’s specialised IT recruiters access to a larger client base and greater marketing power, whilst this move clearly represents for Madison the solution to finally properly cracking the IT recruitment sector.
I imagine this will be a smoother marriage than most in recruitment industry terms and I wish all involved success in this new partnership.
Now then…back to #rhubnz.
— Leslie Taylor (@leslietaylornz) October 20, 2016
Enjoy the long weekend New Zealand.