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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Why Doesn’t Private Equity Like Staffing?

The truth of the matter is that there are not a whole lot of private equity firms that make investments in the staffing industry.  As you can see in the chart below, there have been only about 17 PE firms making staffing deals over the last few years.  (Data is from CapitalIQ.)  The most active […]

Friday, July 25, 2014

10 Most Active Strategic Buyers in the Staffing Space

Staffing Industry Analysts recently released their latest report “2014 List of Companies Looking to Acquire Staffing Firms”.  This study includes self-reported information from strategics about their acquisition desires, but interestingly, it only has information from 2 of the 10 most active strategic acquirers.  Perhaps that’s because the most active strategics have corporate development staff dedicated […]

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Top 10 Largest Staffing and Talent Engagement Firms In The United States

Today, Staffing Industry Analysts (“SIA”) announced its 2014 list of the Largest Staffing and Talent Engagement Firms in the US.  There were 124 firms on the list in all, each with more than $100 million in reported revenue in these two industry segments. SIA defines “staffing” revenue as revenue generated from temporary help, direct hire, […]

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Top 3 Reasons You Want a Broad Buyer List When Selling Your Company

Recently, a topic has been on several different blogs discussing whether, when your business is being sold, you should go to a small number of buyers, or a broad buyer list.  Based on the title of this blog, you can probably figure out my point of view. Often when I’m talking to a business owner […]

Friday, May 30, 2014

Are Job Postings Going The Way Of The Dodo Bird?

In a Wall St. Journal article today, Zappos announced that they are taking the ax to job postings.  Instead, would-be Zappos employees will have to join a social network called Zappos Insiders, where they will be given opportunities to enter contests, answer Q&As, etc., all to prove that they’re Zappos’ type of people. In the […]

Thursday, May 22, 2014

There’s A Skills Gap, But It’s Not What You Think It Is!

Where is the gap? In Adecco’s 2013 State of Economy and Employment Survey, they asked 500 senior executives where they feel the biggest skills “gap” is.  Their results are a little surprising – 44% believe that the biggest gap is in soft skills:  communication, collaboration, and critical thinking.  The second highest gap they identified is […]

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

When Should I Sell My Business in the Human Capital Management Sector?

One of the most frequent questions I hear from business owners is “How do I know when it’s time to sell my business?”  In my opinion, there are generally 4 factors to consider: 1.  Business performance – what have you done lately and what does the future look like?  You don’t want to make the […]

Friday, April 25, 2014

10 Top Global IT Services Rankings in 2013

This month, HfS Research Ltd. announced its annual list of the 10 largest Global IT Services providers.  There were no big surprises since 2012, except that TCS jumped up from number 13 in 2012 to number 10 in 2013 (displacing Montreal-based IT services firm CGI).    How did TCS (owned by The Tata Group) jump […]