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Randstad celebrates 50th anniversary

Randstad celebrates 50th anniversary

Randstad, one of the worlds largest recruitment and HR services companies, is this year celebrating its 50th anniversary.

As part of the celebrations, Randstad held a series of client and company events on board the Stad Amsterdam, a reconstruction of a 19th Century tea clipper, which was docked in Londons Docklands for 10 days in late September and early October. Randstad and the City of Amsterdam built the clipper between December 1997 and December 1998, providing work experience and training for 138 previously unemployed people.

At one of the prestigious client events, Brian Wilkinson, Randstad executive board member, presented an overview of the companys World of Work research, which is a guide to help organisations in the UK address the recruitment and HR challenges they face in the uncertain economic times ahead.

Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice at London Business School, and one of the worlds leading academic authorities on human resources, presented the findings of the first stage of her global Future of Work report, which analyses how organisations and individuals will work by 2020.

This was followed by a roundtable discussion, chaired by Brian Wilkinson, between Lynda Gratton Camilla Aitchison, SVP Group HR at Inchcape Shipping Services Jonathan Donovan, Deputy Director, Employee Relations and Advice, HM Revenue and Customs Mike Chivers, Corporate VP of HR at Sony Ericsson and Vance Kearney, VP of HR EMEA at Oracle participating.

Brian Wilkinson, Randstad executive board member, said: We are very proud of our achievements over the last 50 years, in particular the acquisition of Vedior in 2008, the recruitment industrys largest ever transaction, which transformed Randstad into the worlds second largest recruitment and HR services company.

In the UK, Randstad now has the industrys most comprehensive portfolio of specialist recruitment consultancies in the professional sectors, together with a major general staffing division with branches across the UK, and a managed services business, providing outsourced HR services.

Wilkinson added: Its very fitting that our 50th anniversary coincides with our multi-million pound advertising campaign to promote our position in the UK market and the depth of relationships we have with our clients and candidates.

We were privileged that Lynda Gratton presented the Future of Work as part of our anniversary celebrations and that she took part in our round table discussion. Her analysis of the macro trends impacting work across the world is insightful and essential material for all business leaders.

The Future of Work has brought together 200 executives from some of the worlds leading organisations. Randstad is the only recruitment firm that is a consortium member in phase one.

The findings of Lynda Grattons research focus on the five fundamental forces that will affect the way we will work: technology globalisation demography society and carbon. Professor Gratton highlighted carbon as becoming the most important force by 2025. She stated that a carbon tax is inevitable by 2020, with a key consequence being the development of remote working as employers look to reduce the carbon consumption caused by their commuting staff.


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