This recruiter, a specialist in the engineering and natural resources sectors, has operations in 60 countries. In 2012 the private-equity firm Equistone backed a £140m buyout led by chief executive Johnathan Johnson, 44, son of founder John Johnson, 78. The company has since made two acquisitions: a Saudi-based consultancy in 2015, and an Australian workforce specialist last year. The firm’s sales — which include temporary workers’ gross pay — shrank 21% to £656m in 2016, because of a sharp fall in oil and gas industry activity.

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Company details
ActivityTechnical recruitment consultancy
Sales £m656
Profit £m10
Year endAug 16
Principal shareholdersJohnson family and management (66%), Equistone Partners (34%)

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