Shares in Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO) have soared by 10% today after it released a positive set of results. Sales and profitability were both at the top end of management's expectations and were driven by strong performance in the SUSE product portfolio, ...
The firm hopes that these large, government-funded contracts will help drive long-term growth, but how does the newly-enlarged Staffline compare to its larger peer Hays (LSE: HAS), which offers similar growth potential and more diversity?
Similar theories have popped up frequently since 2003, when Hays sold its logistics unit, though investors have questioned whether any buyer would be willing to pay a premium to its �1.7bn market value while earnings visibility is poor.
Demand for new staff in the UK has weakened in the past six months as concerns grow over the economic outlook, according to Hays, the listed headhunter often considered a bellwether for the health of the economy.
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