randstad CEO calls for focus on skills development to counter mismatch.

Randstad CEO Jacques van den Broek contributes to the session ‘A New Production Revolution’ at the OECD Forum, held June 2 & 3 in Paris.

Fundamental shifts, such as globalization, political and economic volatility, an aging population, new technologies, and changing attitudes to work, are changing the world. Jobs are disappearing in one industry, and being created in another, while changing in nature at the same time, making ‘mismatch’ the core issue for the coming decades.

Jacques van den Broek comments: “Skills mismatch is mainly the outcome of structural rigidities in labor markets, but it is also influenced by cyclical gaps between demand and supply.” He continues: “We need to enable people to develop new skills, required to survive in the new world of work. This is not only the responsibility of the individual but also of companies, educational institutes, governments and policy makers.”  

Randstad is a sponsor of the OECD Forum. Held in Paris each May to coincide with the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, the OECD Forum has emerged as a major international stakeholder summit. Leaders from all sectors of civil society gather to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society. Since its creation in 2000, more than 18,000 people have exchanged ideas and experiences.

At the OECD forum Randstad presents its latest annual labor market report Flexibility@workThe full report is available on our website:http://www.randstad.com/press/research-reports

Randstad specializes in solutions in the field of flexible work and human resources services. Our services range from regular temporary staffing and permanent placements to inhouse,  professionals, search & selection, and HR Solutions. The Randstad Group is one of the leading HR services providers in the world, with top-three positions in Argentina, Belgium & Luxembourg, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Greece, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the UK, and the United States as well as major positions in Australia and Japan. In 2014, Randstad had approximately 29,000 corporate employees and around 4,400 branches and inhouse locations in 39 countries around the world. Randstad generated revenue of € 17.2 billion in 2014. Randstad was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Diemen, the Netherlands. Randstad Holding nv is listed on the NYSE Euronext Amsterdam, where options for stocks in Randstad are also traded. For more information see www.randstad.com

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