SThree to pay special dividend

Recruiter SThree reported a 21 per cent rise in first-half profit yesterday and said it would pay a special dividend after seeing a recovery across its markets. SThree, which finds jobs for IT professionals in the finance, energy and healthcare sectors in Britain, Europe and Asia, posted a gross profit of £90m for the six months to 29 May, up from £74.3m in the same period a year ago. The group said it would pay a special dividend of 11p per share in December.