“Positive momentum continued across all our geographies into the second quarter of 2021 and we delivered strong Group performance,” says CEO Jacques van den Broek. “Group revenue surpassed 2019 levels and we achieved solid profitability whilst continuing to invest in new growth opportunities. As a result, we welcomed more than 2,400 new colleagues to our global workforce. We are also continuing to roll out our global technology transformation, with Monster showing positive YoY momentum, and are excited to provide a better experience to both talent and employers using the combination of Randstad and Monster capabilities in the future.
As markets begin to recover, pre-pandemic trends such as talent scarcity are also returning. By providing in-depth data, technology and integrated services, we are playing an essential role for our clients by helping them to achieve a total talent management strategy. At the same time, the pandemic continues to touch the lives of many and the wellbeing and health of our employees is our highest priority. This quarter, in particular, I am proud of the active role we played in the pandemic humanitarian response in India. I would also like to thank all our global colleagues for the support they have shown. Based on the strength of our performance in the first half we are optimistic for the remainder of 2021, although we are still exercising caution while pandemic-related instabilities and limited visibility remain. We look forward to sharing an update of our strategy at our Capital Markets Day in November 2021.”