Adecco Staff Reached More Than Half a Million People

             Adecco Staff Reached More Than Half a Million People

  PR Newswire

  ZURICH, May 2, 2013

ZURICH, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

- Launch of Around the World in 80 Jobs™ to give young people the chance to
gain international work experience and inspire their generation

On  Tuesday ,  over 10 , 000  Adecco employees  in 50 countries , 
organized more than 1 , 000 actions in over 500 cities around the globe.
Reaching more than half a million youngsters in the streets ,  in public
places ,  at schools and universities ,  they offered career  guidance and
free training workshops to support them in their job search and improve their

Given the current, dramatic employment prospects for young people - globally,
almost 300 million 15 to 24 year-olds are unemployed or inactive and the
Eurozone youth unemployment rate again hit a record-high of 24% - Adecco
employees worldwide gave a helping hand to school leavers and graduates in
their search for a job; a particularly challenging task in today's tough
labour market environment. Driven by the belief that access to work is a
fundamental right, over 10,000 Adecco employees in 50 countries kicked off the
Adecco Way to Work™ programme on April 30 and took to the streets, visited
nearly 300 schools and universities to offer career advice, guidance and free
training workshops.

Adecco Group CEO, Patrick de Maeseneire, himself on the streets leading Adecco
Way to Work™ activities at Brussels main station and on the streets of Aalst,
Gent and Bruges in Belgium, commented:

"The positive echo I received from the Adecco Way to Work™ street day here in
Brussels and the three other Belgian cities I visited confirmed that we're
doing the right thing. Young people have a clear need for advice, information
and support in their job search. I'm happy that we made a contribution to a
young generation that is struggling to find work."

In total, Adecco estimates that well over half a million young people were
reached on 30 April alone.10,000 Adecco employees were involved in over 1,000
street day activities and over 2,000 branches held open days. In total, over
20,000 coaching sessions have been held or scheduled. The Adecco Way to Work™
website registered a million visitors to its coaching websites. With its
global scope, the Street Day is a symbolic act which can only inspire
concerted action from governments, businesses and individuals alike. More
flexible labour markets, reform of education systems and young people's
willingness to accept temporary job assignments or job opportunities abroad
are essential requisites to overcome the current job crisis.

It is also clear that young people must be better equipped with the right hard
and soft skills that today's businesses are crying out for. That's where
Adecco comes in - we help bridge this skills mismatch by providing guidance
and training. The lack of job experience counts strongly against new entrants
to the job market. Temporary work can help youngsters to take their first step
onto the career ladder. They can start to build up that much-needed experience
through a variety of jobs.

With this in mind - and as part of the Adecco Way to Work™ programme - Adecco
has also launched Around the World in 80 Jobs™, a scheme aimed at younger
people. It is designed to show that life experiences and job experiences go
hand in hand.

Based on a selection process channelled through the Adecco Way to Work™
website, Adecco will give 8 youngsters the chance to travel and experience the
world of work in 80 different jobs around the world this summer. Their
journeys and experiences each in 10 jobs will be shared with the Adecco Way to
Work™ community via social media, day by day, job by job.

Go to to find out more and apply for Around the
World in 80 Jobs™ now!

Adecco Way to Work™ resources

Main programme website

Facebook page:



About the Adecco Group

The Adecco Group, based in Zurich, Switzerland, is the world's leading
provider of HR solutions. With around 32,000 FTE employees and around 5,400
branches, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, Adecco Group
offers a wide variety of services, connecting close to 700,000 associates with
over 100,000 clients every day. The services offered fall into the broad
categories of temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition and
talent development, as well as outsourcing and consulting. The Adecco Group is
a Fortune Global 500 company.

Adecco S.A. is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on
the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

For further information please contact:

Adecco Corporate Press Office or +41-(0)-44-878-87-87
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