More demand for consultants helped to edge the group back into profit at the half-way stage.
The company made pounds 364,000 before tax in the six months to 30 June against a loss of pounds 135,000 last time.
Anthony Lambie, the UK chief executive, said that the 12 per cent rise in revenue to pounds 33.5m came mainly from a pick-up in British consultancy business.
But the US business and the more basic recruitment business in Britain were also now performing better than last year.
There was a decline in revenue from the US business, but profitability was maintained by tighter control of costs and better margins.
The group's borrowings were pounds 4.9m at the half-way stage - or 93 per cent of shareholders' funds. Richard Pinder, finance director, said he expected gearing to fall below 80 per cent by the year-end.
Earnings per share were 1.45p against losses of 0.73p. There is no interim dividend - the directors said they would consider restoring a payout at the year-end.
The shares rose 5p to 110p.Reuse content