“THIS HAS BEEN ANOTHER ENCOURAGING QUARTER OF
GROWTH, OUR 15TH IN A ROW, LED BY THE CONTINUED STRENGTH OF
OUR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSES.”
“Performance across Continental Europe was broad-based, as nine countries delivered double-digit growth and we saw good performances in both Germany and France, our two largest businesses in Europe. In Australia market confidence in the private sector continued to improve and our growth accelerated significantly. In the UK, while conditions remained tough, we saw an improvement in private sector markets in December.
As ever, activity levels at the start of the new year will be important to the Group’s second half performance and we are monitoring these closely. As we ended the first half, conditions remained good in the vast majority of our markets, especially Europe, Australia and the Americas. In the UK, public sector markets remain tough, but we see early signs of improvement in the private sector. At Hays, we are unique in the world in terms of the scale, balance and diversity of the business we have built and our focus remains on driving profitable, cash generative growth, capitalising on long-term opportunities, while maximising returns along the way. These strengths, combined with our world-class, highly experienced teams around the world, stand us in good stead and allow us to look to the future with confidence.”