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Phaidon International continues European expansion to meet growing talent demands

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Award-winning talent partner Phaidon International expands into Frankfurt in response to increasing market demand in Germany. 

The hunt for talent across Europe has grown exponentially for financial services, and even with a growing workforce of 500,000 in Germany alone, many financial businesses are still under pressure to ensure they get the right talent in quickly to meet heavy demand.

To continue to be a market leader and be the number one choice as a talent partner, Phaidon International is opening a new office in Frankfurt to address increasing needs for its services under its financial services talent brand, Selby Jennings.  

German banking plays an integral role to the country’s economy, contributing to almost 4% of total domestic GDP. Despite the pandemic, there are no signs of the financial services sector slowing down, with many international banks positioning their European hubs in Frankfurt, causing even more of a talent shortage in the area. As the world moves towards a ‘new-normal’ of post-pandemic business, Frankfurt expects to see a further influx of financial service jobs across all seniorities and specialisms.

Selby Jennings in Europe saw demand for business critical talent - across sales and trading, investment banking, wealth management, and private equity - increase by more than 75% YOY as clients sought to position themselves post-pandemic to exploit growth opportunities.

Marco Hermle, Managing Director of Germany, Phaidon International, says:

“It is one of the best times to establish a business here in Frankfurt, with sky-high demand for financial services talent in Frankfurt and the DACH region as a whole. It has given us the perfect opportunity to add to our existing offices in Berlin, Switzerland and the UK. Providing a better, more localised service to clients and candidates, we have already been placing candidates in Frankfurt for some time, so the expansion is a natural progression for Phaidon International.”

Phaidon International has six specialist talent brands under its belt to solve people challenges for companies worldwide. Growing to 1,000+ employees last year, the talent partner has doubled in size in just four years despite the pandemic and other hiring factors. This expansion means it can continue to enhance its European presence with additional jobs across the market. Phaidon International is committed to developing and bringing the very best talent on board not just for clients, but within its business too, and is hiring for a number of ambitious individuals to join its growing team in Selby Jennings Frankfurt, with future plans to launch other brands in the region.

With more than 50 languages spoken across the business internationally, over a quarter of employees have also internally relocated, enhancing its ethos of local, specialist expertise, but from a global perspective. 

 Matt Nicholson, Managing Director of Europe, Selby Jennings, adds:

“In the past few years we have stood firm and supported our clients and candidates throughout the pandemic, further embedding our local relationships throughout Germany and Europe as a whole. Therefore adding a physical presence to the business in Frankfurt was an obvious commitment for us. As we move forward, we have more clients, candidates and even more employees than ever before all wanting the same - to drive growth through talent.”


 For media enquiries on Phaidon International, please contact:   

Larissa Hirst, Global Head of Content & Communications, Phaidon International


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About Phaidon International   


Phaidon International is the parent company of six specialist talent brands which solve people challenges worldwide. As a global recruitment firm, with 13 offices around the globe, Phaidon International plays a vital role in helping clients find talent to drive their businesses forward. Placing people in more than 60 counties, Phaidon International offers expertise across financial services, supply chain, life sciences, engineering & infrastructure, technology, and regulatory & legal. Phaidon International is backed by Quilvest.