Michael Page International plc has announced the opening of a new office in Cape Town, South Africa.
With offices already located in Johannesburg and Casablanca, the move will further extend Michael Page International’s position as the only global specialist recruitment company with a physical representation in more than one African country.
Craig Thompson, managing director, Michael Page South Africa, said the expansion had been motivated by the strong growth of its Johannesburg office and an increasing demand from its multinational and national client base for a professional recruitment service representation in both of South Africa’s economic hubs.
“Market conditions in South Africa are buoyant and the economy is in a skill shortage. We are well placed to take advantage of Cape Town’s growing recruitment needs, as not only do we have global reach, but our specialist skills in recruiting middle management to executive level professionals is in high demand,” Mr Thompson said.
“There are a lot of small firms operating at the administrative and clerical level however our fully-fledged recruitment presence will provide Cape Town with much needed white collar recruitment services. It also puts us in a strong position to continue to explore growth opportunities in Africa.
“Since opening in Johannesburg in 2006, our South Africa operations have had comfortable 70 per cent year-on-year revenue growth,” he said.
Cape Town is a major destination for professionals and expatriates to South Africa, with a population of approximately four million people, while South Africa’s total GDP growth rate is expected to be 3 per cent in 2012.
Michael Page International’s Cape Town office is headed by Ben Ewbank, Director – Michael Page South Africa. Mr Ewbank is supported by an experienced local team.
“We believe having a presence on the ground is vital, as it enables us to get to know our clients firsthand and network in person, which is particularly important in a market like Cape Town which is so close knit,” Mr Thompson said.