An African Consulting Industry still dominated by Foreign Companies

by | Jan 31, 2018 | Regional Specificities

Welcome to the second issue of our New Blog Series – “Exploring the African Consulting Industry”. In this series, you will learn “everything-you-need-to-know” about the African Consulting market through a set of fun infographics.

In the previous issue, we discussed that the size of the African consulting Industry to be $2.2 billion. Although the size of the market is relatively small from a global perspective, it has grown strongly over the past years, with a 6.3% growth rate. In this issue, we will dive into the sizes of the consulting firms in the region and how they compare to those on a global scale.

The Company Landscape

According to data collected from the CQ Global Directory, Large Consulting Firms (with 1000+ employees) make up 29% of the consulting firms in Africa. This figure is significantly higher than the global average, which is estimated to be around 10%, meaning Large Global Consulting Firms are over-represented in Africa compared to the rest of the world.

Despite the strong presence of foreign companies in the region, 57% of the consulting firms are in fact only based in Africa, and almost half of the companies have less than 50 employees. This shows that smaller niche local companies are on the rise.

More insights on why large companies make up one-third of the consulting firms in Africa will be presented in the next two issues, in which we will look into the Industries and Capabilities of the consulting offering in the region.

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Consulting Quest Global Directory

Consulting Quest Global Directory is the World’s Largest Professionally-Managed Directory in the Consulting Industry. Searchable by consultancy name or by region, capability or industry, it lists and describes more than 6000 consultancies worldwide, with links to their websites and social media channels. With such a powerful database, we decided to dig deeper into the directory and analyzed the consulting offering in each of the following regions of the world: North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia-Pacifics and LATAM.

CEO and Co-Founder at Consulting Quest | Website | + posts

Hélène Laffitte is the CEO of Consulting Quest, a Global Performance-Driven Consulting Platform and author of “Smart Consulting Sourcing”, a step by step guide to getting the best ROI from your consulting. With a blend of experience in Procurement and Consulting, Hélène is passionate about helping Companies create more value through Consulting.

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