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The Adecco Group

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The Adecco Group AG
IndustryProfessional services
HeadquartersZurich, Switzerland
Number of locations
5,200 branches in over 60 countries and territories
Area served
Key people
Jean-Christophe Deslarzes (Chairman)
Alain Dehaze (CEO)
ServicesEmployment agencies, recruitment, human resource consulting and outsourcing
Revenue23.42 billion (2019)[1]
€904 million (2019)[2]
€728 million (2019)[2]
Total assets€10.6 billion (2019)[2]
Total equity€3.9 billion (2019)[2]
Number of employees
more than 34,000 (2019)[2]

The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's second largest Human Resources provider and temporary staffing firm,[3] and a Fortune Global 500 company.[4]

The Adecco Group global headquarters in Zurich is located in Bellerivestrasse since 2017
The Adecco Group global headquarters in Zurich is located in Bellerivestrasse since 2017

They directly employ 700,000 people a day, and with the expansion of its operations to China, the number of people working under them totals up to 3.5 million.[5]

The company was formed in 1996 as a result of the merger of the French company Ecco and the Swiss company Adia Interim,[6] and is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN, ISIN CH0012138605). Adia was established in 1957 in Lausanne (Switzerland) by Henri Lavanchy. Ecco was founded in Lyon (France) at the initiative of Philippe Foriel Destezet. In 2000 The Adecco Group acquired Olsten Staffing, in the US, becoming the number one recruitment company in that country. In 2010, it acquired MPS Group and thus became the number one company worldwide.[7]

The Adecco Group is the parent company of various brands including Adecco, Modis,[8] Spring Professional, Badenoch & Clark, Pontoon, General Assembly, Vettery, Adia and Lee Hecht Harrison.[9]

The Adecco Group is the 7th most attractive company in the world to work for, according to the 2020 ranking of The World's Best Workplaces.[10][11]


The Adecco Group provides services covering temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and talent development as well as business process outsourcing and consulting.

As for staffing, The Adecco Group covers many sectors, including office, industrial, technical, financial and legal, amongst others.


  • 1957: Adia is founded by Henri Lavanchy in Lausanne, Switzerland
  • 1964: Ecco is founded in Lyon, France by Philippe Foriel-Destezet
  • 1996: Personnel services firms Ecco and Adia Interim merged to form a global company with annualised revenues of €5.4 billion.[12] Operations were combined to form a network of 2,500 branches and 250,000 staff.
  • 2000: The Adecco Group acquired Olsten Staffing. The merged company generated combined revenues of €11.6 billion.
  • 2002: The Adecco Group consolidated its businesses and created divisions to manage its business.
  • 2005: The Adecco Group expanded across six professional business lines.
  • 2006: Following the acquisition of DIS AG, Germany, Dieter Scheiff assumed the position of Chief Executive Officer of The Adecco Group. Dominik de Daniel became Chief Financial Officer.[13]
  • 2007: The annual shareholders' meeting approved the nomination of Jürgen Dormann, former Vice Chairman, as Chairman of the Board. Rolf Dörig became Vice-Chairman. Klaus J. Jacobs, the co-founder of Adecco, handed back his mandate, having reached the statutory retirement age.
  • 2008: On 11 September, Klaus J. Jacobs, founder and Honorary President of The Adecco Group, died.[14] Jürgen Dormann stepped down at year end, as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
  • 2009: Rolf Dörig started as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Adecco Group. On 1 June, Patrick De Maeseneire took over as Chief Executive Officer of The Adecco Group from Dieter Scheiff. The Adecco Group acquires Spring Group in the UK,[15] and tabled an offer for MPS Group.
  • 2010: The acquisition of MPS Group officially closed.[16] The Adecco Group set up a joint venture in Shanghai with Chinese HR services company Fesco.[17]
  • 2011: FESCO Adecco began operations on 1 January. The Adecco Group announced the acquisition of US-based Drake Beam Morin, Inc.[18]
  • 2012: The Adecco Group acquired VSN Inc., a provider of professional staffing services in Japan.[19] Henri-Ferdinand Lavanchy, the founder of Adia, died.[20]
  • 2014: The Adecco Group acquired OnForce to expand its Beeline service offering, creating a unique integrated solution for managing contingent workforces.[21] The Jacobs Group sold the majority of its 18% stake in the Adecco Group.[22]
  • 2015: On 11 March, The Adecco Group acquired Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions, a Canadian company offering career transition, talent and leadership development and recruitment services.[23] On 1 September, Alain Dehaze took over as Chief Executive Officer of The Adecco Group from Patrick De Maeseneire.[24]
  • 2016: On 10 May, The Adecco Group closed the acquisition of Penna Consulting Plc, a UK company providing career transition and talent development services, as well as recruitment services.[25]
  • 2017: The Adecco Group global headquarters in Zürich moved from Glattbrugg to the city, in Bellerivestrasse.
  • 2018: The Adecco Group acquired General Assembly[26] and Vettery[27]
  • 2019: The Adecco Group announced the divestment of Soliant Health in the US. The healthcare staffing business was sold to Olympus Partners for a cash consideration of US$612 million (EUR 551 million).[28]
  • 2020: In April 2020, Jean-Christophe Deslarzes is appointed Chair of the Board of Directors. In May 2020, The Adecco Group formed an alliance with Randstad BV and ManpowerGroup, launching new guidance for a safe return to work after the COVID-19 outbreak.[29][30][31]

Global brands

The Adecco Group operates in the market through many different brands.[32] These include:


In 2004, Adecco delayed publication of its results because of accounting problems.

With investors already nervous following the collapse of Italian dairy group Parmalat, shares in Adecco - which places 650,000 people on assignment each day for clients such as IBM - were down 44.2% at 45.50 Swiss francs (£20.13). The loss wiped out last year's 47% share price gain, which came amid expectations that global economic recovery would boost the firm's temp business. The run on Adecco's shares followed a short statement from the company about the delay in its earnings release, which had originally been scheduled for February 4. Adecco said that the delay stemmed from several reasons including "the identification of material weaknesses in internal controls in the company's North American operations of Adecco Staffing". Adecco did not disclose details of irregularities it had found in an internal review. Investors were left uncertain, but were concerned that the company could be the latest casualty in a wave of accounting scandals.[33]

Problems have engulfed Enron, Ahold and Parmalat, where billion-dollar frauds led to criminal investigations. There was speculation that Adecco's problems could be connected to its acquisition of US jobs firm Olsten for $1.6bn (£865m) in March 2000. Modis, one of the Adecco Group's brands dedicated to professional services for IT, engineering and life sciences, becomes the Official Innovation Partner of electric racing championship Formula E, announcing it during the Formula E Rome E-prix in 2018.


Adecco UK Ltd v. Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd

On 10 December 2008, Adecco UK Ltd applied to the Company Names Tribunal under s.69(1)(b) Companies Act 2006 for a change of name of Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd, which had been registered at Companies House since 14 October 2008.

The application went undefended by the respondent and the adjudicator ordered on 3 March 2009 that Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd must change their name within one month. Additionally the respondent was ordered not to cause or permit any steps to be taken to register another company with an offending name which could interfere, due to its similarity, with the goodwill of the applicant.

Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd was also ordered to pay a contribution towards Adecco UK Ltd's costs.[34]

See also


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  19. ^ "Deals - Corporate LiveWire - Corporate LiveWire". Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
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  26. ^ "General Assembly joins the Adecco Group". General Assembly school press. Archived from the original on 17 May 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  27. ^ "Vettery acquisition press release". The Adecco Group Press Office. Archived from the original on 15 March 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2019.
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  30. ^ "Safely Back to work - open letter 3 CEOs".
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  34. ^ Adecco UK Ltd v. Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd Archived 3 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 8 October 2014

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