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An Express Employment Professionals franchise provides for a sales-focused business opportunity to operate your own full-service staffing business. As the franchisor, Express provides for payroll processing, client invoicing, financial administration, risk management, worker compensation administration and marketing tools.

The Brand

Express Employment Professionals was founded in 1983 by Bob Funk and Bill Stoller. In 1998 Express was established in South Africa and currently has 13 offices throughout the country. Express Employment Professionals is 51% black female owned with a level 3 BBBEE rating.

Globally, Express employs approximately 566 000 people each year. We are a global organization that blends international and local demand with tailored products and services to our clients. Express Employment Professionals is proud to continue its 36 year legacy of helping businesses and job seekers succeed globally. We have grown to a network of 800+ employment agencies in three countries, while still maintaining local ownership for each office and providing quality service to each of our clients.

Express Respects People for who they are, their goals and their concerns and we Impact Business with a sharp business sense that benefits us, our clients, our franchisees, our consultants and our communities.

Why franchise with Express?

Express Employment Professionals offers a business-to-business franchise that creates a great level of success. We succeed because our business model blends caring support with a strong professional drive. By partnering with Express Employment Professionals and our franchise opportunity, you are able to be in business for yourself but not by yourself. As an Express franchise owner, you are making a difference in your community by helping people find jobs and helping local businesses manage their staff. It’s work that matters and gives people hope.

If you have a desire to own your own business or convert your existing staffing company into an Express Employment Professionals franchise, we will assist you in reaching your full potential. Our training, service and support are unsurpassed in the franchised staffing industry.


Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in South Africa, the United States of America, and Canada. Every day, we help job seekers find work and help businesses find qualified employees.

Whether you need to add staff for a short-term project or are looking for a full-time employee, Express can customize staffing solutions for your specific business needs. All employees are screened and evaluated to help assess their skills, abilities and culture fit before we send them to you. Your local Express team will take the time to understand your business needs. We can connect you with screened and qualified workers in a wide range of Office Services, Light Industrial, and Professional positions.

Express Employment Professionals puts people to work in all types of jobs. When you work with Express, you build a relationship with a team of employment professionals in your community who have, in turn, built personal relationships with the businesses that are hiring. Whether you’re building a new career or looking for a short-term job to supplement your income, we offer the flexibility to work the way you want, and you’ll never pay a fee to Express for our services and support.

Our current franchise fee of R250 000 excluding VAT, includes training for one week at our head office in Centurion prior to opening, 1 week On-The-Job training with the developer team, and one week of On-The-Job training by our EU Trainer in your franchise office the week after unboxing. Continuous learning is encouraged through our online access to Express University.

The franchise fee also includes all internal and external operating documentation, branding, marketing material, in-house HR/IR division, Marketing department, IT assistance centre, Payroll division to facilitate all your payroll needs, and a Finance department to assist with managing invoicing to clients. Our on-site Commercial Manager also assists with ensuring all documentation is legally correct.

All this allows you to focus on sales, build relationships with clients, and not have to worry about bankrolling payroll for the hundreds of temps your will have, and waiting for clients’ payments.

Your franchise fee also includes the following Express IT requirements :-

1 x Server
2 x Desktop Workstations
1 x Router
1 x Fingerprint reader

Because the Express Employment Professionals initial franchise fee won’t be your only expense, you will also be required to have the necessary funding to set up a functional office in a business area if you do not have one already established, as well as costs for inventory and insurance. All computers and additional equipment as required in the franchise agreement will be purchased by Express SA head office and recouped from the franchisees over an agreed upon period.


Existing staffing company converting a headcount and clients to an Express Franchise. Franchise fee to be negotiated dependent on headcount conversion and number of clients currently being billed. Existing computer equipment will be audited to ensure all are up to spec with the Express system.


“Our current franchise fee of R250 000 excluding VAT, includes training for one week at our head office in Centurion prior to opening, 1 week On-The-Job training with the developer team, and one week of On-The-Job training by our EU Trainer in your franchise office the week after unboxing. Continuous learning is encouraged through our online access to Express University.”

Are You Our Next Franchisee?

Attributes of a Successful Franchisee

• Be willing and able to learn new skills:

As the operating manager of a franchise, you will take on a multitude of roles, from a trainer to watchdog to customer service to financial advisor. The franchisor sets the brand standards, but they are not responsible for how the franchisee’s day-to-day business is run. It is a steep learning curve, but if you can master these new skills, you can become a successful franchisee.

• Be able and willing to follow system standards:

As a franchisee, you are agreeing to follow Express Employment Professionals’ operating system, often including specific requirements for what marketing materials to use, what suppliers you must work with, and what specific products or services you must offer.

This, along with the licensing rights and restrictions on how you can use the franchisor’s intellectual property, is what you are investing in. In exchange for this ready-made operating system, a franchisee has to report their sales and expenses, follow instructions on how to present the products and services, and comply with the franchisor’s advertising requirements. Every day, week, month, and year, the franchisee will be following protocols set up by the franchisor. If the franchisee fails to meet our brand standards, you risk being in breach of your franchise agreement

• Daily commitment and discipline:

As a franchisee, your success is measured each day in your franchise’s performance, requiring more self-reliance than many corporate managers have had to demonstrate. However, our well-structured franchised system will provide a level of support that contributes to the franchise’s success.


When It All Began


Robert A Funk, William H Stoller and James Gray

Year Established

1998 in South Africa

1st Franchise Opened

Brand Network


Carolyn Diaz

Head Office


No. of Outlets


Available Opportunities

Opportunities available throughout South Africa.

FASA Membership

Investment (Excl. VAT)

Average set-up cost

R 500 000

Initial franchise fee

R 225 000

Initial Working Capital

On application

Minimum owners contribution

Franchise Terms

Management services fee


Marketing fee


Initial agreement term

5 Years

Renewal term

5 Years
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