Bond International Buys U.S. Staffing Software Provider VCG

Staffing and recruiting tech provider VCG Software has been acquired by British-based Bond International Software for $9 million.

Bond, a publicly traded company on the London exchange, is one of the largest providers of staffing software in the world. It also serves corporate recruiting offices with its Bond Talent recruiting program.

VCG, founded by the merger of two companies in 1991, specializes in the staffing sector. Pointwing is the company’s modular library of recruiting services, which includes a resume search, sourcing tool, job board, and ATS. StaffSuite is a complete front office tool set.

Bond’s acquisition of VCG strengthens its presence in the U.S., where it has a foothold. Out of an office in Minnesota, it marketed its StarSearcher, an ATS targeted to the smaller employer, since rebranded Bond Talent. Bond Talent is now its flagship ATS for corporate recruiting. Enhanced with additional features, primarily to streamline administrative functions, it was relaunched earlier this year.

I spoke with Tim Giehll, president and CEO of Bond Talent in the U.S., when we were at HR Tech last month. We talked extensively about Bond’s human capital ‘supply chain’ strategy and the elements the company had in place or would be releasing soon. The solutions are all web-based, and most of them are currently available.

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Bond Adapt, eEmpAct, and Vantage (for executive search) are some of the original staffing programs and are in use by several thousands customers globally, including Manpower. Bond Talent is the talent management component. Still coming is Bond HR, an ambitious expansion into HRIS with performance management, workforce planning, and comp and admin components.

What the acquisition of VCG means for its existing customers in the long term wasn’t detailed. However, the announcement seemed to say the VCG product line will continue to be offered.

“The clear synergies between the two companies and their respective offerings provide us with the confidence that no changes to brands, products, company structure or delivery of the products are required,” said Bond’s CEO, Steve Russell.

John Zappe is the editor of and a contributing editor of John was a newspaper reporter and editor until his geek gene lead him to launch his first website in 1994. He developed and managed online newspaper employment sites and sold advertising services to recruiters and employers. Before joining ERE Media in 2006, John was a senior consultant and analyst with Advanced Interactive Media and previously was Vice President of Digital Media for the Los Angeles Newspaper Group.

Besides writing for ERE, John consults with staffing firms and employment agencies, providing content and managing their social media programs. He also works with organizations and businesses to assist with audience development and marketing. In his spare time  he can be found hiking in the California mountains or competing in canine agility and obedience competitions.

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1 Comment on “Bond International Buys U.S. Staffing Software Provider VCG

  1. Go not about; my love hath in’t a Bond,
    Whereof the world takes note: come, come, disclose
    The state of your affection; for your passions
    Have to the full appeach’d.

    All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 1, Scene 3

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