About Us

We hope that our service, professionalism and passion exceeds your standards

Whether you are a candidate looking for an exciting career opportunity or a client needing to fill a gap with a great candidate, we hope you find that our service, professionalism and passion gives you the edge.

Specialist recruiters in the following areas ~

Financial Markets / Investments

Our team has, since inception (2000) had a core focus of sourcing the rare/scarce skills traditionally associated with financial markets. We understand financial markets, roles, company cultures, level of “smart” required to fill key gaps in this sector. Deep experience across : Asset management, Investment Banking (Corporate Finance / Private Equity / Specialized Finance); Private Banking / Wealth Management; Employee Benefits.

Commercial Sector

Our team has, since inception (2000) serviced clients across a variety of sectors. Well experienced, and with trusted processes in place, to deliver quality profiles across : Professional Services, Manufacturing and Retail sectors. And deep experience across ALL sectors when sourcing skills that require CA(SA), MBA, CFA, LLB, Maths/Quants, Actuarial, HR or similar highly qualified educational backgrounds.

Information Technology & Digital

Our team has, since inception (2000) serviced clients across a variety of sectors within Information Technology and Digital. Deep experience in sourcing skills in areas of senior IT Management, CIO, CAO, Head of Security, Head of Audit, Developers, Project Managers, BA’s, Infrastructure, Digital etc.

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Our product offering covers ~

Retained Search

Our Retained Search model is well aligned to uncovering the best talent in the market, through a focussed and committed partnership between client and agency. Retained Search is an important ingredient within a recruitment product mix, and knowing when to use it to uncover best talent can save clients considerable time and money (vs risks associated with leaving roles unfilled or hiring the wrong person where delivery is impacted). Our Retained Search offering is customised by assignment. Our Retained Search Solution is a 100% transparent process, and a true partnership with our clients where company culture, role motivation and role challenges are key knowledge points, and our starting point on an assignment. For a discussion around a key Exco or Senior gap that may be well suited to Retained Search, please contact Mike at 021 461 9595, or mike@candidateconnect.co.za

Contingency Search

Our Contingency Search model is aligned to uncovering the best talent quickly. Our process and structures are aligned to this, offering the best opportunity of success. The “no win, no fee” model of Contingency Search often brings good results quickly. Clearly time and resource allocation cannot reasonably compete with that of a dedicated Retained Search assignment, though for the right role (usually junior to mid-level, and skills that aren’t considered “rare”) Contingency Recruitment is a very effective sourcing tool. Our team is well experienced in Contingency Search, having offered this product to our clients, since inception (2000). For a discussion around a Contingency Search hiring need, please contact Mike at 021 461 9595, or mike@candidateconnect.co.za

Project Based Recruitment Services

Our Project based offering fills a key hiring gap in the market. There are times when companies have urgent requirements regards a project that requires special skills, or multiple skills. The rise of project based jobs hiring provides flexibility to the companies. They get the desired results from the hired resources, without the extra liabilities and commitments as with a regular employee. Our Project Based approach is customised by assignment. For a discussion around a Project Based approach, requiring the sourcing of multiple people and/or skills, please contact Mike at 021 461 9595, or mike@candidateconnect.co.za

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The company places highly skilled South African candidates within South Africa and International territories.

Mission statement

To understand client needs and to offer a professional service that is interactive, knowledgeable, personal, and friendly. The service must connect quality candidates to quality clients.

Honesty and integrity to be core to each of these criterion.

Our history

Candidate Connect is a Cape Town based recruitment consultancy, servicing clients nationally and internationally. Specialists across : Financial Markets (Asset Management, Investment Banking, Private Banking, Life, Insurance), Commercial sectors (FMCG, Manufacturing) and IT / Digital markets.


Started in 2000, with the core objective (at the time) of bringing South Africans home from abroad. The initial concept was to channel these candidates into SA recruitment agencies who we felt were best positioned to meet their career aspirations.


This concept evolved rapidly, and in 2001, Candidate Connect transitioned into a full service recruitment consultancy working directly with clients, primarily in the Cape Town and Johannesburg markets.


The Candidate Connect service expanded to include Project based recruitment work.


The Candidate Connect service expanded to include placing high quality candidates within International markets, assisting international clients on an ad hoc / skill specific basis.


The Candidate Connect service expanded to include Retained Search work for rare / hard to find skills.


The Candidate Connect team is celebrating 19 years of quality partnerships and relationships, developed across clients and candidates. We thank both clients and candidates for all the support over the years, and we remain deeply committed to keeping the personal touch that has got us to where we are today. Offering a personal touch remains core to our philosophy going forward.

2000 – current:

Throughout the various growth and transition phases, the Candidate Connect goal remained constant – to link high calibre candidates to the right company, at the right time, for the right job. And that remains our core focus today as we strive to integrate candidates career aspirations with their passions.

And that’s our history so far…

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