Michael Page Switzerland is a brand of the international leading recruitment firm, PageGroup, which is listed on the London Stock Exchange. With its broad portfolio covering all important disciplines such as banking and financial services, finance and accounting, healthcare and life sciences, human resources, information technology, engineering, interim management, property and construction, sales and marketing, and legal and compliance, the Swiss company is one of the most sought-after recruitment partners amongst both local and international companies and candidates.
“We concentrate on the recruitment of suitable candidates for permanent, interim and temporary positions,” says Executive Director Charles Franier. “Our experienced consultants from each discipline are able to provide a vast range of services. Service orientation is one of our key characteristics. Our clients particularly appreciate our services strongly connected with assessments such as language tests, tests regarding management expertise, the motivation of candidates and other personal skills.”
“Service orientation is one of our main characteristics” Charles Franier Executive Director
Michael Page Switzerland was founded in Geneva in 2001 and now has four Swiss offices including in Geneva, Zurich and Lausanne as well as 154 offices worldwide.
“The years between 2005 and 2008 were characterized by steady expansion and were incredibly successful,” underlines Mr. Franier. “We benefitted a lot from these golden years. It did not take long for our staff numbers to reach 200 people.” At the beginning, under the brand of Michael Page, the company focused on banking and financial services. Step by step, other sectors and brands were added. “Eventually, we introduced the brand Page Personnel on the Swiss market, which focuses on the recruitment of qualified personnel and graduates,” adds Mr. Franier. “With Page Executive, we focus on the placement of directors and other senior executives with both permanent and interim positions.”
From banking to engineering
Today, Michael Page Switzerland has a much broader portfolio than in the early days when the banking and financial division played a key role. “Due to the financial crisis in 2008, the market has changed significantly,” stresses Mr. Franier. “The connection to important Swiss banks and financial institutions is still there but is not as tight as it was before. Instead, we invest more and more in technical professions and medium and smaller-sized companies. For us, it has become crucial to work with local clients in Switzerland.”
“We invest more and more in technical professions and medium and smaller-sized companies” Charles Franier Executive Director
Due to such continuous adaptation, Michael Page has not been affected seriously by the crisis but can rely on a well-balanced group of customers and services. “Nowadays, interim management solutions are becoming more and more important,” adds Mr. Franier. “On behalf of our clients, we look for suitable candidates with many years of experience who offer their services to companies for a certain time, generally ranging from one month to one year. This way companies are able to close a gap and/or maintain business momentum in the present volatile situation. Today, around 20% of our turnover is comprised of interim management solutions, and we are already seeing continued strong growth in 2015”.
In 2014, Michael Page Switzerland was responsible for the recruitment of around 1,300 candidates in Switzerland. Due to its excellent reputation at home and abroad, the company’s customer base is fairly broad. Each week consultants contact almost 400 clients in Switzerland.
“Our consultants are highly qualified and have excellent market knowledge,” says Mr. Franier. “They know exactly how to find new candidates in Switzerland and abroad. This way we are able to help clients recruit the highly skilled talent they need to succeed in increasingly competitive markets.”