Kelly completes Motion Recruitment Partners acquisition

Global talent solutions provider Kelly has completed the acquisition of Motion Recruitment Partners (MRP) from private investment firm Littlejohn & Co for $425m (£332m).

The acquisition of MRP strengthens the scale and capabilities of Kelly’s staffing and consulting solutions across technology, telecommunications and government specialities in North America, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) solutions globally.

Additional cash consideration of up to $60m may be due in Q2 2025 if certain conditions are satisfied during an earn-out period ending on 31 March, 2025.

According to a statement from Kelly, MRP fits “exceptionally well” with its strategy to enhance the revenue growth potential of the company.

“Today marks a transformational step forward on our journey to sharpen Kelly’s focus on higher-margin, higher-growth specialty outcome-based and staffing services in North America, and global RPO and MSP solutions,” said Peter Quigley, president and CEO, Kelly. “I’m excited to welcome MRP to the Kelly team and look forward to the significant growth and value creation we will deliver together.”

Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, MRP is parent company to global talent solution providers, including Motion Recruitment (IT staffing and managed solutions), Motion Consulting Group (IT consulting), Motion Telco (IT & telecom solutions), Tech in Motion (tech networking and events program), TG Federal (government IT subcontracting) and Sevenstep (RPO, MSP and TA advisory/consulting).

“MRP’s capabilities are excellent complements to Kelly SET [Science, Engineering and Technology] as we continue our journey to become a leading technology staffing and consulting solutions provider in North America,” said Hugo Malan, president, Kelly SET.

“Sevenstep’s RPO and MSP offerings align exceptionally well with KellyOCG and we believe the combined entities create a powerful story to bring to the market,” said Tammy Browning, president, KellyOCG. “We look forward to authoring this story together with the Sevenstep team and unlocking new opportunities for growth over the long term.”

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