HeadFirst Group acquires recruitment services provider Sterksen. The market leader in organizing external hires is thus taking the strategic step of becoming a full service HR service provider for temporary and permanent work. HeadFirst Group and Sterksen are thus responding to the market trend that organizations are increasingly organizing the utilization of talent integrally – regardless of contract form.

Sterksen, founded in 2002, is succesfull in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), which means that a client outsources their recruitment process of new personnel. She also offers services in the field of recruitment, mediation for interim professionals and Managed Service Providing (MSP). Sterksen is a leading player in the IT & Technology segment.

Total Talent Management
With the acquisition of Sterksen, HeadFirst Group is responding to the market trend that companies increasingly organise their workforce integrally – regardless the nature of the contract – known in jargon as Total Talent Management. With this step, HeadFirst Group also meets the increasing demand from clients for service providers with a broad portfolio of HR services.

CEO Han Kolff explains: “The trend of total talent management has been going on for some time and is continuing. The type of contract used is becoming less and less relevant. The cooperation with Sterksen is therefore a logical step in the expansion of our services. Sterksen has a winning concept in recruiting top talent in IT & Technology; a dynamic, scarce, and growing segment of the market. Sterksen’s high touch recruitment expertise helps the group to broaden and deepen the quality of our services, in addition to our focus on high tech with our platforms.”

Sterksen stays independent
Sterksen will become an independent brand within HeadFirst Group, retaining its own identity. The current management will continue to manage the organisation. Sterksen and HeadFirst Group will join forces in various fields, which Donald Derksen – managing director of Sterksen – explains as follows: “The knowledge and experience in two areas – permanent and temp – are combined into a rock-solid combination. We will jointly advise and support clients with their recruitment and hiring needs. The size and leading market position of HeadFirst Group will help us open new doors, both nationally and internationally. HeadFirst Group will thus be the driving force behind Sterksen.”

International expansion
Recruitment Process Outsourcing is a growing and widely adopted concept in the United States, the United Kingdom, Asia and is rapidly gaining ground in continental Europe. HeadFirst Group and its brands have achieved expansion in several European countries in recent years through organic growth and partnerships. Kolff concludes: “Sterksen is going to help us tremendously in accelerating the delivery of value to existing and new clients across national borders.”

About HeadFirst Group
HeadFirst Group is a leading international HR service provider and a specialist in the professional organisation of external hiring. The company offers a variety of HR-solutions, including contracting, matchmaking, MSP-services, and business consultancy. Daily, more than fifteen thousand professionals work for over four hundred clients in Europe, with which HeadFirst Group realizes an annual turnover of more than €1.5bn. HeadFirst Group’s main brands are intermediaries HeadFirst, Between and Myler and managed service provider Staffing Management Services.

About Sterksen
Sterksen is an innovative and leading recruitment service provider in the field of IT & Technology and specialist in Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) since 2002. Vanuit de kantoren in Breda en Utrecht werkt Sterksen op zowel de Nederlandse als internationale markt, met een focus op Noordwest Europa. De organisatie bemiddelt jaarlijks zo’n 2.000 kandidaten en 150 interim IT & HR recruitment professionals. Sterksen staat bekend als een snelgroeiende onderneming met een notering als Top 250 Growth Company en FD Gazelle.

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