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Human resources M&A activity remains well above its ten-year average

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The Human Resources Global M&A Report 2018
April 2018


Welcome to our annual review of M&A and equity market trends within the human resources industry.

This report looks at the latest trends impacting M&A across the global human resources sector in 2017. We also provide a comprehensive analysis of the Equiteq Human Resources Share Price Index, the only published stock price index for the industry.

Deal volumes dipped slightly after a very strong year of deal flow in 2016. M&A activity remains well above its ten-year average, supported by rising employment levels and regulatory changes driving demand for specialist recruitment and human resources consulting services. In a year marked by growing economic nationalism we saw a rise in demand for acquisitions related to global mobility consulting as firms look to develop new staffing strategies to deal with expected changes to immigration rules.

Robust pricing and competition for assets is being supported by rising valuations of listed human resources players, along with these cash-rich buyers’ search for new avenues of growth in disruptive spaces of the knowledge economy. The intersection of human resources, analytics and cloud technologies is emerging as one of these disruption zones. Businesses operating within it are receiving demand from a range of buyers. This includes traditional and non-traditional strategic acquirers, as well as financial investors that observe the potential for stellar returns in the market.

As hiring levels continue to rise and the industry transforms with new regulations and digital technologies, there are strong opportunities for pioneering business owners and entrepreneurs to create value and undertake profitable exits. We hope that this latest edition of The Human Resources Global M&A Report gives you a taste of our deep insights on deal activity within the industry.

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