Deal activity in the staffing industry saw 139 publicly announced transactions last year, according to SIA. In the competitive staffing market of over 12,000 firms in operation, business owners constantly seek innovative strategies to stay ahead of the competition. Inorganic growth through mergers and acquisitions has emerged as a powerful strategy for staffing companies to quickly grow in size, market share, and service capabilities. Below are a few ways we’ve seen our clients leverage inorganic growth at Staffing Venture Capital:
Gain an Improved Talent Pool
A staffing firm’s recruitment success can be directly linked to the size and quality of its candidate list. One of the primary advantages of inorganic growth for staffing companies is the opportunity to access an entirely new pool of talent. Through strategic acquisitions, staffing companies can synergize existing candidate databases and job orders within companies, widening the number of qualified talent and placement opportunities.
Access to Cutting-Edge Technology
Technology is a critical tool in the staffing industry. M&A allows staffing companies to gain access to new technologies, including proprietary sourcing tools, artificial intelligence (AI), customer relationship management (CRM), and applicant tracking systems (ATS) from a partner or acquired company. New technologies can make all the difference when it comes to streamlining operations and improving recruitment efficiency.
Leverage Economies of Scale
M&A allows staffing companies to take advantage of economies of scale by combining costs when possible, saving on overhead expenses. Consolidating departments, such as HR, finance, and administration, can lead to operational efficiencies and cost savings. Larger companies can negotiate lower supplier bulk rates, resulting in improved margins. These savings could be utilized to further invest in growth initiatives that can potentially improve business.
Increased Market Share
Inorganic growth allows staffing companies to rapidly expand market share. By acquiring other firms or merging with competitors, staffing companies can consolidate their position in the market and gain a larger piece of the pie. This provides several benefits, including enhanced bargaining power with clients and candidates, improved brand recognition, and the ability to attract more significant business.
Diversified Service Offerings
Staffing companies can instantly diversify their service offerings through M&A. Acquiring specialized firms or merging with companies that offer complementary services allows staffing firms to cater to a broader range of client needs. This diversification not only increases revenue streams but also provides a competitive advantage by offering comprehensive solutions to clients and a wider range of job opportunities for candidates.
Expanded Geographic Footprint
Acquiring or merging with firms in new regions or countries allows companies to establish a presence in untapped locations. This expansion opens new opportunities, opens up a potential client base, and provides access to local talent pools. A broader geographic footprint also reduces reliance on a single market and mitigates risks associated with economic fluctuations.
Inorganic growth gives staffing owners immediate access to tools and opportunities that might be more difficult to achieve in a congested staffing market. When it comes to M&A in the staffing industry, the possibilities for expansion are endless.
Eric Allison. "How Staffing Companies Benefit From Inorganic Growth." SVC BLOG. Retrieved from https://staffingvc.com/how-staffing-companies-benefit-from-inorganic-growth/