Strong client relationships behind Aston Carter acquisition, says Turner

Aston Carter’s strong client relationships are one of the main drivers behind US recruiter Allegis’s decision to acquire the global finance and IT recruiter, according to Brad Turner, CFO internati

Aston Carter’s strong client relationships are one of the main drivers behind US recruiter Allegis’s decision to acquire the global finance and IT recruiter, according to Brad Turner, CFO international operations at Allegis.

Allegis announced the completion of its agreement to purchase Aston Carter today. Aston Carter, which specialises in the banking and financial services sectors, has more than 300 staff and eight offices in the UK, Belgium, Ireland, Hong Kong, France, Singapore, Sweden and the Netherlands.

Turner told Recruiter: “I think Aston Carter brings very strong client relationships. They bring an expert knowledge of European banking and finance but more specifically the London finance market. They have engaged with a lot of similar and related customers but we will be bringing in new customers with the acquisition. They have a very seasoned leadership team.

“There are no plans for job cuts. We are absorbing the team within our operation. Sean Zimdahl [CEO] will remain at Aston Carter and will continue in that same role. We are looking for Sean to continue on with the Aston Carter brand and continue to further that business.

“We have a large presence in North America. This enhances our service offering internationally specifically in the banking and finance sector. We have a large vertical within banking and finance within North America and this complements it really well. The acquisition also bolts on to our TEKsystems brand.

“We are feeling very optimistic towards all of our service offerings. We are seeing signs of the recovery picking up. We deal with a lot of the Fortune 100s, the FTSE firms and feel that from a resourcing perspective the need is definitely coming back.

“On the higher end skillsets, we will continue to see opportunities for our contractor base. Our customers are continually asking for expert resources and a lot of project management resources. The consolidation that has happened recently will continue from a systems integration perspective. In terms of outside banking and finance we are continuing to see a lot of opportunity within the consultancy space, and from an IT perspective as well. We are seeing increased activity within our clients in the technology and manufacturing space. Whether it’s an HP or a Cisco, who are expanding, we provode IT staffing support for those organisations as well.”

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