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  • M&A Market Reviews: Recruitment sector

M&A Market Review: Recruitment sector

17 July 2019

2019 Mid-year Recruitment Market snapshot

BDO’s mid-year market snapshot monitors deal activity in the recruitment market in the first half of 2019. Figures to date this year show that the activity levels have been maintained despite some challenging macro-economic conditions and this has been fuelled particularly by UK companies seeking international opportunities.


2019 Annual Recruitment Market review

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: