Resources Connection opens UK office

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The firm said there was a growing market for professionals to carry out specific projects for financial services and other firms, including mergers and acquisitions, organisation design and compensation and benefits work.

Bob Leach, joint managing director of the firm in the UK, said: &quotWe believe our kind of service is quite close to being recession-proof. Firms have pared themselves down to the bone as far as permanent staff are concerned. So they often need to look outside when particular projects need to be done.&quot

Leach, an accountant and management consultant, has joined Resources Connection from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he was a partner.

The other UK managing director is Chris Beer, who has joined from Ernst & Young where he was head of the search, selection and interim management practice.

Resources Connection employees work directly under a client's supervision when they handle a project - a feature which the firm said differentiated it from consultancies and gave the client greater control.

Beer said that many professionals were now opting for a career handling serial projects, as it provided them with work that was both varied and challenging.

Resources Connection was founded in 1996 and has more than 40 offices in North America as well as branches in Taiwan and Hong Kong.