Mike Game, chief executive of recruiter Hudson Europe, tells Recruiter that specialisation within its UK & Ireland operations, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO), were two key considerations for the business.
“RPO is a growth priority for Hudson in Europe,” he says.
Recruiter pointed out to him the comments of Mark Bull, CEO of Randstad UK, who noted at a recent event hosted by the magazine that the firm only makes money out of “a handful” of its RPO contracts.
At the same event, Russell Clements, CEO of technology recruiter SThree, called RPO “the biggest self-inflicted wound in the history of recruitment”. Clements and Bull were keynote speakers at Recruiter’s event celebrating the success of those companies who made it onto the magazine’s list of the fastest-growing recruiters in the UK.
Nonetheless, Game says: “RPO is a profitable service and Hudson regards the service as attractive for future profitability,” adding that the financial services, FMCG and pharmaceutical industries are areas where Hudson Europe has won significant new business of late.
He also tells Recruiter that the firm’s English businesses were reorganised from centres run on geographical business, to “create national England specialist practices” in a number of different specialties which “enable us to provide deep functional expertise”.
Within these speciality practices, he says that the firm “is also prioritising the growth of our small and medium client base as these clients have historically been underserved by recruitment specialists”.
The company has recently changed its name from Hudson Highland Group to Hudson Global.