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Randstad CEO calls for an inclusive, agile and adaptable future labour market

Randstad CEO, Jacques van den Broek, will speak with leaders from governments, civil society and business on ‘Bridging Divides in the Future of Work’ at the OECD Forum, to be held on 6th and 7th June in Paris. He will participate in the sessions ‘the Gig economy’ and ’Inclusiveness in the Future of Work’.

Randstad says businesses’ operations are changing. A strong online presence and tailored services are crucially important to their global development. Together with the emergence of the on-demand economy, the traditional employment relationship is being replaced by a diversity of more detached, agile and adaptable forms of employment. Workplace flexibility - with respect to contracts, time and location - is the name of the game in this new world of autonomous, result-driven and project-oriented work.

New capabilities, driven by technological innovation, will create an important number of new job opportunities and new markets while existing jobs or tasks disappear or are re-designed. Changes in skills needs, organization of work and employment relations will accommodate better work-life balance and provide easier access to income opportunities. Yet, despite its benefits, they also risk creating skills polarization and pose serious challenges to the adequacy of current legal, institutional and social protection frameworks.

van den Broek (pictured) commented, “Randstad believes everybody should have access to decent work providing people with security in work and income. At the same time, workers and companies alike need flexibility in when, where and how we work. This means the inclusive and competitive labor market we want for our future, should be agile and adaptable. By combining a variety of decent employment contracts with modern social security and accessible employability schemes, we can reach that goal and provide sustainable prosperity for as many people as possible.”

Randstad is Gold sponsor of the annual OECD Forum, which has become a global showcase for thoughtful and revealing discussions on economic trends, especially on the topic of human capital. This year several Randstad representatives will discuss the findings of the latest Randstad-IZA research ‘People to Jobs, Jobs to People’ on the need for well-managed global mobility to bridge skill gaps on the labor markets. The full report is available on Randstad’s website:

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