Mercer South Africa partners with Nigerian HR consultancy EZ37 Solutions

12 December 2017

The South African arm of Mercer has agreed an alliance with EZ37 Solutions, a Nigeria based human resources consultancy. 

With over 20,000 employees across offices in 40+ countries, Mercer is one of the globe’s larger human resources consulting firms. The consultancy serves the African market through its office in Pretoria, South Africa, and, in a bid to improve its offerings in the Nigerian market, the firm has entered into a strategic partnership with local HR services firm EZ37 Solutions. 

Established in 2009, EZ37 Solutions is a management consulting firm that specialises in human capital services, including organisational development, performance management, HR outsourcing and HR transformation. The firm, based in Nigeria’s capital city Lagos, also provides broader professional services such as search & selection, recruitment and soft skills training, to both private as well as public organisations. Companies that are part of its roster include FirstBank, British American Tobacco, Nigerian Breweries, The World Bank, Sumal and Microsoft.

Under the terms of the agreement, Mercer will leverage the local knowledge and network of EZ37 Solutions to grow its business in the country, and in return, the Nigerian consultancy will be able to utilise Mercer’s global thought leadership and proprietary tools to enhance the quality of services. “EZ37 Solutions is committed to further strengthening and expanding the provision of forward-thinking human resource solutions across the Nigeria. The partnership between both organisations will expand the current human capital portfolio which will result in significantly enhanced and tailored solutions to meet the increasing demand for such services in the Nigerian and West African operating environment,” said Adaora Ayoade, CEO of EZ37 Solutions.

Mercer South Africa partners with Nigerian HR consultancy EZ37 Solutions

Ayoade founded the firm after working more than eight years for Ibadan International School, a school located on the Campus of the University of Ibadan that is authorised by the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) to teach the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP). In her most recent role, Ayoade served as Head of HR & Corporate Services. Prior to that, she worked for thirteen years in the UK for an event management and training company and a communications consultancy, among others. 

The Managing Director of EZ37 Solutions is supported three other professionals: Nnamdi Azike, Oloruntobi Ojo, Ayoola Allu. For the four person strong team, the alliance with Mercer will allow them to, aside broadening the offerings mix and client base, also expand into new products and solution sets.

Commenting on the partnership, Anne-Magriet Schoeman, CEO of Mercer South Africa, said, “We are honoured to be partnering with such a strong and reputable player in the local market, we are excited about the growth opportunities this new partnership will offer both entities.”

The move comes one month after Mercer unveiled its new Africa hub. Based in Casablanca, Morocco, the firm’s new office aims to support its other francophone North African teams with a range of wealth and career solutions. 

With a population of 186 million, roughly triple the size of South Africa’s population, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. A recent study from The Boston Consulting Group, however, found that the country’s rapid economic growth in recent years has not fairly translated into better well-being for its people.

L'AINE Services celebrates 25th anniversary with renewed gusto

17 April 2019

Ghanaian human resources consultancy L’AINE Services has marked its 25th anniversary in operation with a reaiteration of its commitment to developing a skilled and motivated workforce for every client that it works with, consistent with priorities across the business environment in Ghana. 

Ghana is on its way to becoming a prominent financial centre for West Africa, The government and private sector are working in collaboration to ensure that the region’s economic potential is realised, and a large part of the focus thus far has been on the development of talent in the country’s workforce.

As a result, training programmes have increased in quantity and intensity, while consultancies that work on innovative human resource policies have come to prominence. The rationale is that fostering talent, boosting productivity and developing digital skills will drive Ghana’s economy forward.

L'AINE Services celebrates 25th anniversary with renewed gusto

Once such consultancy is L’AINE Services, based in Tema. The firm was established in 1994, and has recently celebrated its 25th year in existence. Over the years, the firm’s suite of services has gradually expanded to include support with recruitment, payrolling, training and publishing.

The firm also helps with hiring and talent development, which has made it particularly relevant in the contemporary scenario. During the firm’s 25th anniversary celebrations, executives at the firm reasserted its mission to support the business environment in Ghana in its growth endeavours.

This involves ensuring excellence in its service of each and every client. The firm has a three-pronged strategy to facilitate growth in the HR domain, including a focus on people, innovation and technology. Founder and Director of the firm Ellen Hagan indicated that the firm seeks to “transform every life and business we come across.”

Delving into the ethos behind its services, Board Chairman at the firm Prosper Asamoah indicated that the firm lays emphasis on developing a secure environment within which employees feel safe enough to thrive and innovate. Empowering employees is the key for organisational development, according to Asamoah.