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Manpower buys Middle East recruiter

January 10 2008
Manpower Inc. (NYSE: MAN) said today it acquired Clarendon Parker Middle East FZ LLZ, a recruiter based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Manpower said the company is the Middle East region's largest professional recruitment provider. Clarendon Parker has nine offices in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Qatar. The acquisition brings the number of countries served by Manpower to 78.

"The vast potential and ongoing development in the Middle East makes this growing economy an attractive market for Manpower to expand our global network," said CEO Jeffrey Joerres. "A number of our multinational clients are already operating in the Middle East and have been asking us to formally establish a presence in the region as part of their growth strategy."

Manpower and Clarendon Parker began working together three years ago with the firm serving as Manpower's partner in the region.

"Many companies throughout the Middle East require large expatriate workforces, as the local population does not have the skills required or the demographic numbers to fill job vacancies," said Varina Nissen, Manpower Middle East managing director. "Manpower will focus on developing programs with our clients and governments to help them find the talent they need and advance the careers of both expats and nationals across the region."

Clarendon Parker Middle East handles mid- to senior-level professional, technical, and management recruiting in several industries including sales and marketing, finance and accounting, information technology and telecom, human resources, construction, engineering, secretarial, logistics, and legal.

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