ManpowerGroup: Role of Women in the Workforce Increasingly Critical

     ManpowerGroup: Role of Women in the Workforce Increasingly Critical

International Women's Day Underlines Structural Barriers Preventing Women From
Unleashing their Potential

PR Newswire

MILWAUKEE, March 11, 2013

MILWAUKEE, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN), the world
leader in innovative workforce solutions, says new, contemporary approaches to
work are required in order to break down barriers facing women in the
workforce — a crucial step to grow talent pipelines and to spur successful


Women remain the greatest underleveraged source of talent in the world despite
ManpowerGroup's 2012 Talent Shortage Survey finding that one third of
employers are struggling with skills shortages. According to the International
Labor Organization, nearly half of working age women are not currently active
in the formal global economy, and among Fortune 500 companies, only 15.7% of
board seats are held by women.

"What companies are offering women is clearly not what women want. There needs
to be a shift toward work models that better provide women the flexibility
they are looking for so that the percentage of women in the workforce does not
drop off at every sorting of talent," said Mara Swan, ManpowerGroup Executive
Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent. "We also need to focus on
strategic ways to reintegrate women who temporarily leave the workforce to
raise families."

On International Women's Day last week Friday, Swan — who was recently named a
member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Leadership and HR
Executive of the Year for 2012 by Human Resource Executive magazine — gave her
global perspective around how flexible working practices can help retain more
women in an interview with BBC World Service Radio. Swan was joined in the
discussion by Fiona Woolf, who is in line to become only the second female
Lord Mayor of London, and Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, founder of Akili Dada, a
leadership incubator investing in the next generation of African women
leaders. The interview is available online at:

"I look forward to the time when the world no longer needs an International
Women's Day because our societies have achieved equality in the workforce and
have unleashed the potential of all people," added Swan.

"Companies need to value the diversity of thought, perspective and experience
in order to unleash the potential of all of their people, regardless of gender
or generation, to nurture innovation and productivity," said Jeffrey A.
Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO.

Across the world, ManpowerGroup is committed to providing experience and
employment opportunities for women inside and outside its company, including:

  oDeveloping a custom solution in France to source, train and recruit women
    for an energy company that was faced with a serious lack of skilled
  oManpower Australia's Defence Force Recruiting team have launched several
    initiatives over the past six months to boost diversity, resulting in more
    women applying for roles in the military. For example, a recent "Women in
    the Army" event in Melbourne welcomed potential candidates, as well as
    their families and friends.
  oA nationwide staffing initiative in Hong Kong to recruit unemployed or
    underskilled women found through NGOs and non-profits to fill a large
    number of support positions working in hard-to-fill roles at more than 60
    public libraries. 
  oOur operations in Mexico & Central America (MeCA) have taken steps to help
    women with disabilities find work, including sponsoring those with visual
    impairment so they can train as massage therapists, as well as to
    providing scholarships to assist 129 women in completing high school.

In addition, 70% of ManpowerGroup's leaders globally are women. Last week,
ManpowerGroup was named one of America's Top Corporations by the Women's
Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) in recognition of the company
instituting programs offering equal access to women-owned businesses and
world-class supplier diversity. ManpowerGroup was also named a 2020 Women on
Boards Winning Company for its commitment to board diversity — 30% of
ManpowerGroup's board of directors is comprised of women.

About ManpowerGroup

ManpowerGroup™ (NYSE: MAN), the world leader in innovative workforce
solutions, creates and delivers high-impact solutions that enable our clients
to achieve their business goals and enhance their competitiveness. With over
60 years of experience, our $21 billion company creates unique time to value
through a comprehensive suite of innovative solutions that help clients win in
the Human Age. These solutions cover an entire range of talent-driven needs
from recruitment and assessment, training and development, and career
management, to outsourcing and workforce consulting. ManpowerGroup maintains
the world's largest and industry-leading network of 3,500 offices in 80
countries and territories, generating a dynamic mix of an unmatched global
footprint with valuable insight and local expertise to meet the needs of its
400,000 clients per year, across all industry sectors, small and medium-sized
enterprises, local, multinational and global companies. By connecting our deep
understanding of human potential to the ambitions of clients, ManpowerGroup
helps the organizations and individuals we serve achieve more than they
imagined – because their success leads to our success. And by creating these
powerful connections, we create power that drives organizations forward,
accelerates personal success and builds more sustainable communities. We help
power the world of work. The ManpowerGroup suite of solutions is offered
through ManpowerGroup™ Solutions, Manpower®, Experis™ and Right Management®.
Learn more about how ManpowerGroup can help you win in the Human Age at

ManpowerGroup is the only company in our industry to be named to the
Ethisphere Institute's World's Most Ethical Companies list for three
consecutive years, in recognition of its proven commitment to ethical business
practices, including an outstanding commitment to ethical leadership,
compliance practices and corporate social responsibility.

In January 2011, at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos,
Switzerland, ManpowerGroup announced the world has entered the Human Age,
where talent has replaced capital as the key competitive differentiator. This
concept of talentism as the new capitalism continues to resonate, and was
echoed as a core theme of the 2012 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum
in Davos. Learn more about this new age at

Gain access to ManpowerGroup's extensive thought leadership papers, annual
Talent Shortage surveys and the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, one of the
most trusted indices of employment activity in the world, via the
ManpowerGroup World of Work Insight iPad application. This thought leadership
app explores the challenges faced by employers navigating the changing world
of work and provides in-depth commentary, analysis, insight and advice on
strategies for success.

Follow ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO Jeff Joerres on Twitter: Joerres is one of only 20 Fortune 500 CEOs who
leverages a Twitter account to get his message out.

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