Talent consultancy and staffing agency Modis launches in Singapore

22 April 2018 Consultancy.asia

In Singapore, the technology sector is transforming at a rapid rate to meet the demands of a digitalising economy, and Technology professional staffing and solutions company Modis has expanded into the country to fill a gap in its talent pool.

Singapore's economy is developing at a pace which has left the talent pool unable to fill the current job openings. Growing demand for digital goods and services is shaping the Singaporean job market and, according to the Ministry of Manpower’s February 2018 report, companies are finding it continuously difficult to access IT talent.

The root cause of the issue lies in the speed at which companies across the country are digitalising. To achieve success across the board, from start-ups to multinationals, companies believe that they need to become fully ‘digital’. This may include utilising big-data, embracing Agile processes and other innovative sector disrupting technologies like blockchain.

The Singaporean government is promoting digitalisation for local businesses as a way to future-proof the city-state. “Digitalisation, innovation and highly skilled workers will enable cities and regions to prosper while staying open and connected to the world,” said the Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat. The government put aside $1.7 billion to help companies, large and small, with this transition in 2017.

The Minister for Communications and Information, Yaacob Ibrahim identified focus areas which can enable Singapore to develop into a digital economy. These areas include; Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, Cybersecurity, Immersive media, Internet of Things and future communications infrastructure. Within the Singaporean Government’s digitalisation strategy are numerous ongoing initiatives that will aid businesses and employees with the transition into the digital era.

Talent consultancy and staffing agency Modis launches in Singapore

However, with the rapid rate of change in the workplace, enhancing professional knowledge of digital technologies is not enough. Over 20% of firms worldwide saying that their biggest barrier to going digital is a lack of talent, and the fact that Singapore is already playing catchup. the talent gap for digital service professionals is likely to widen.

In a Forrester survey released earlier this year titled ‘Advance your digital maturity in Singapore and Hong Kong,’ the research and advisory firm identified a foundation of the problem. “Only half of the respondents said that their firm has a companywide program to identify, hire, and nurture digital skills.” With exponential growth in the digital sector and a government led push for businesses to go digital, Singapore seems to be the perfect market expansion for Modis.

The company is founded on the basis of delivering agile and intelligent end-to-end solutions for its customers, which includes professional staffing and IT consulting, project services, managed services, customised solutions, and full IT outsourcing projects. The company believes it will thrive in Singapore due to its high-quality specialist teams, ability to collaborate and its unrivalled and diverse portfolio.

Modis & the city state

Modis in Singapore will be led by Pierre-Francois, a long time resident in the Asia-Pacific region and a veteran of the global recruitment industry. “Modis is unique in its ability to enhance any project within the tech world, by connecting companies with the right talent solutions for their needs," said Pierre-Francois Vieau. "We will offer our clients top expertise, flexibility and agility to embrace innovation throughout their project or product life cycle, to drive change, or to accompany them in their digital transformation,” he continued.

The company has been operating for over 20 years across Europe, North America, Asia and Australia. Modis is a subsidiary company of the globally operating The Adecco Group; a Fortune Global 500 company that employs over 700,000 people and has a network across 60 countries.

The Regional Head of APAC for The Adecco Group, Ian Lee added “launching Modis in Singapore is highly complementary to the existing Adecco Group brands in place – that includes the Adecco General Staffing Brand and Spring Professional. The group is well placed to support the increasingly sophisticated needs of organisations across Singapore”.

Related: Government gives boost to professional services industry of Singapore.

Kantar Consulting launches retail and shopper practice in Singapore

22 February 2019 Consultancy.asia

Kantar Consulting has launched its retail, sales and shopper offering in Singapore with a trio of executive appointments.

Following last year’s launch of an advanced data and analytics research centre in Singapore under Kantar’s freshly established analytics wing, the WPP-owned firm’s growth consulting arm Kantar Consulting has now launched its Retail, Sales & Shopper practice in the city-state – bringing in a number of key hires, including David Heijkoop as director and Lies Ellison-Davis as executive advisor.

Established last year through the merger of four Kantar brands – Kantar Added Value, Kantar Futures, Kantar Vermeer and Kantar Retail (the latter which functioned as Kantar’s former retail, sales, ecommerce and shopper division) – Kantar Consulting is a specialist sales and marketing advisory serving the retail, financial services, automotive, tech and fast moving consumer goods sectors among others.

"We are creating Kantar Consulting to fulfil our ambition of bringing a deeper, more rounded consulting offer to our clients,” Kantar CEO Eric Salama said at the time of the new entity’s formation. “Alone and in combination with other capabilities, Kantar Consulting will be a core part of Kantar and WPP’s success in the future.”Kantar Consulting launches retail and shopper practice in SingaporeWith over 1,000 analysts spread across offices in Europe, the Americas, Africa and the Asia Pacific, Kantar Consulting has now announced the launch of its Retail, Sales & Shopper practice in Singapore, which will serve as the offering’s regional Southeast Asia hub and is said to have been established in response to growing demand for regionally-specific support.

To support the launch of the new retail practice, Kantar Consulting has brought in a trio of executives, including former Friesland Campina pair David Heijkoop and Lies Ellison-Davis as respectively director and executive advisor. Heijkoop and Ellison-Davis have both been at the Dutch dairy giant in Asia for more than eight years, most recently serving as Business Development Director (Heijkoop) and Global Chief Commercial Officer (Ellison-Davis).

They will further by joined by Marc Delbos joined as Associate Director, who crosses after seven and a half years with Red Bull in Hong Kong. “We are very excited to have Lies, David and Marc join the team,” said Kantar Consulting Southeast Asia Managing Partner Stephane Alpern, noting the current team of 25 brand and marketing consultants. “Their breadth of client-side experience will help us identify growth opportunities with an omnichannel lens.”

The continued market push from Kantar – including the recent launch of a second office in Australia along with a media & analytics practice in Canada – comes at a time when its owner, advertising giant WPP, is exploring options for a partial sell-off due to sustained market pressure – in part due to industry encroachment from the likes of Accenture and Deloitte. A potential Kantar sale could raise an estimated $4.5 billion for WPP.