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  • M&A Annual Market Review: Recruitment sector

M&A Annual Market Review: Recruitment sector

06 February 2019

BDO's latest M&A review of the recruitment sector looks at deal activity and industry trends in the recruitment market in 2018.

The latest report shows the recruitment sector remains strong and continued to grow through 2018 despite facing many challenges.  Notwithstanding the personalised nature of these services, the market continues to evolve, seeing traditional recruitment firms utilising available technology along with new entrants showcasing innovative platforms.

Deal activity globally remained impressive, albeit at slightly reduced levels in 2018. In particular, an increase in deal activity has been seen in the engineering, industrial and technical sectors, reflecting the skills shortages in these areas, where investment should be focused.  Despite the political uncertainty, the UK continues to be attractive to investors, ranking number one globally and surpassing the USA in terms of number of M&A transactions. 

For discussion on recent industry trends, an overview of recent deals and to hear insights from three industry operators: Trinnovo Recruitment Group, Amoria Bond and Armstrong Craven:


If you would like to discuss any of the content in this report or any other business related issue, please do get in touch.

Previous M&A annual reports and market snapshots for the recruitment sector: