Irish recruitment firm expanding operations in China

RECRUITMENT firm Saongroup.com is expanding its business presence in China to almost 100 cities, up from its current 25 bases.

The Irish company anticipates huge growth in its online business. China, with 460 million internet users — 33% of the population — recently surpassed Japan as the second largest economy in the world.

Chief executive Ciaran McCooey said: “This is a very significant development for saongroup.com, which has already developed a strong international footprint. China is one of the world’s most dynamic online markets and online recruitment is at the leading edge of development in the Chinese economy.

“While the market represents a great challenge, we have identified an opportunity with great potential for the company. With our existing presence and market knowledge, we are ideally positioned to take full advantage of the opportunity.”

Headquartered in Dublin, Saongroup.com has immediate openings for ten senior management positions based throughout China.

It currently employs 1,000 people in 25 Chinese cities, and is investing significantly in its expansion programme.

“As part of our expansion programme we are offering great opportunities to self-motivated, dynamic and entrepreneurial managers who want to grow with saongroup.com in the world’s most exciting economy,” Mr McCooey said.

Saongroup.com first entered the market in China in 2006, beginning in Shanghai and Beijing. The firm has since developed a significant presence, primarily through acquisition and organic growth.

The company has established its position as the fourth largest online recruitment business in the rapidly expanding Chinese market. Its operations in the region is run by its chief executive for China, Ciaran Lally.


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