"Our Q1 2019 results marked a strong start to the year, as improving gross margins and agile cost management fuelled further EBITA margin progression," says CEO Jacques van den Broek. "Our organic revenue growth stabilized at a positive level, with market share gains in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, while growth in France returned to market level. Our strong regional diversification continued to pay off, as Japan, Australia, India and the Latin America region delivered significant contributions to our growth and profitability. Furthermore, our digital strategy is successfully progressing. Workforce scheduling and Youplan are now rolled out in 13 countries and increasingly contributing to sales growth. Our pricing tools are increasingly used by our consultants, further driving the productivity and profitability of the group."

"This year we are celebrating our 15 year partnership with VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas), the world’s leading development NGO that fights poverty through volunteers. Together we improve the employability of poor and marginalized people. In our projects in India and Tanzania last year, we touched the lives of more than 4,000 people with a disability and unemployed youth. This is one of the ways we contribute to our ultimate goal: touching the work lives of 500 million people worldwide by 2030."