the Employer

We are not your average agency and we don’t want you to have an average agency experience with us.

You may be a longstanding client, potential client or old friend looking for a high calibre candidate for your team. We hope our passion, intuitiveness and keenness to understand you and your company’s needs will be the breath of fresh air you’re seeking. Finding the right candidate is not just about skills and experience. The secret lies in cultural fit and connecting passions.

Candidates may be among your most expensive assets, the life-blood of your business, so it’s important to get it right first time. Whereas skills and levels of experience are more transparent to the naked eye, understanding cultural fit and passions are inherently more complex. It requires “raising the game” to a new level – a deep knowledge and understanding of both candidates and clients. We strive to achieve this in every assignment we undertake.

The knowledge we build on our candidates – their passions, their drives, their motivations, their interests, their track record etc – completes one side of the equation. The other side is you, your company, your needs. To fit the puzzle effectively we encourage a partner philosophy – we need to know you, understand your business, your employment needs. We prefer to be positioned as a strategic source to your division rather than a supplier. The more you offer, the better we can perform, the stronger the likely fit, the greater the candidate value to the team, the longer he/she is likely to stay (and importantly the less the risk on this expensive asset). It’s a team effort.


We try and deliver better results for our clients and add value to your process :

Executive Search or Contingency Recruitment – the nature of approach is dependent on the our client’s needs, often determined by the level of position and complexity of role.

Permanent placements – we offer solutions to recruitment needs in the following industries – financial services (core), retail, manufacturing, entertainment and telecommunications.

Powerful database – as a established South African based agency, with a core financial services focus since inception, we have built up a strong database of candidates in/around financial services (as well as other sectors). The core of the database comprises highly qualified candidates who are professional, smart and mobile. Candidate Connect places candidates both inside and outside of South Africa.

Market to attract quality candidates – our advertising is targeted to attract quality candidates whether through internet, press, emails, friends , word of mouth or other. We also advertise in the UK press to attract skilled and experienced South Africans returning home.

Cultural fit, connecting passions – we strive to understand our clients and candidates better than anyone else with the intention of placing the candidates that match company culture and passions, as well as the more traditional areas of skills and experience.

Intensive interview screening – we screen our candidates thoroughly. We listen to their skills, probe their experience, question their motives, understand their underlying culture, and use our experience to determine their emotional intelligence.

Save you time – as a quality client you deserve to see quality candidates. Because we understand our client needs so well, and screen intensively, we are able to recommend only quality candidates to our clients. You will never interview more than 3 candidates for any given role.

Credit, criminal, reference, academic checks – we do whatever checks are required to suit your needs. Our standard offer includes : ITC Credit check and 2 in depth verbal reference checks. This can be customised to include criminal, tertiary qualifications, matric, employment history, ID verification or other checks as required

Ad hoc services – we can customise our offer to meet client needs, and willing to go far beyond our comfort zone to deliver.

If you are looking to employ South Africans, whether inside of South Africa or for International employment or assignments,  please liaise with Mike (

Our offer

Candidate Connect has a track record of success across Executive Search, Contingency Recruitment and Project Recruitment.

We recognise that each company is different. Our Partner philosophy assists us in delivering recruitment solutions that are tailored to the unique needs of each company. We are committed to developing a deep understanding and knowledge of the needs of both our clients and candidates.

We offer a “total solution” to our clients, with a successful track record of delivering high quality candidates in positions across the following sectors :

a) Financial Services sector
• Asset management (Long only and Hedge funds)
• Investment Banking (Corporate Finance / Private Equity / Specialised Finance)
• Private Banking / Wealth Managment
• Employee Benefits

b)  Financial positions / CA(SA) profiles across a host of sectors

c) IT/Projects / ECommerce across a host of sectors

Candidate Connect is best positioned to source C-Suite to mid-level head office roles.

Territories (South Africa and International)

Candidate Connect places candidates both inside and outside of South Africa. International placements include UK, The Netherlands, Cayman Islands, Mauritius. Ability to place in other territories on demand, client driven.