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Adecco S.A.
Société Anonyme
Traded as SIXADEN
Industry Professional services
Founded 1996
Headquarters Glattbrugg, Switzerland
Number of locations
5,100 branches in 60 countries
Area served
Key people
Rolf Dörig (Chairman)
Alain Dehaze (CEO)
Services Employment agencies, recruitments, human resource consulting and outsourcing
Revenue 20 billion (2014)[1]
€891 million (2014)[1]
Profit €640 million (2014)[1]
Total assets €9.440 billion (2014)[1]
Total equity €3.839 billion (2014)[1]
Number of employees
more than 31,000 (2014)[1]
Adecco headquarters in Glattbrugg, Switzerland

Adecco S.A. is a Swiss multinational human resource consulting company based in Glattbrugg, Switzerland.[2] Adecco Group is the world's largest provider of HR solutions.[3] With more than 31,000 FTE employees and a network of around 5,100 branches, in over 60 countries and territories around the world, it offers a wide variety of services, connecting around 700,000 associates with well over the clients every day. The company was formed in 1996 as a result of the merger of the French company Ecco and the Swiss company Adia Interim.[citation needed]


  • 1996: Personnel services firms Ecco and Adia Interim merge to form a global company with annualised revenues of €5.4 billion. Operations are combined to form a network of 2,500 branches. The core staffing business consists of 250,000 staff situated with various companies.
  • 2000: Adecco acquires Olsten Staffing, becoming the largest recruitment company in the U.S. The merged company generates combined revenues of €17 billion.
  • 2002: Adecco consolidates its businesses under three names[clarification needed] and creates three divisions to manage its business.
  • 2005: Adecco expands across six professional business lines defined by occupational fields. Adecco now provides all services under one name.
  • 2006: Following the acquisition of DIS AG, Germany, Dieter Scheiff assumes the position of Chief Executive Officer, Adecco Group. Dominik de Daniel becomes Chief Financial Officer.
  • 2007: The annual shareholders' meeting approves the nomination of Jürgen Dormann, former Vice Chairman, as Chairman of the Board. Rolf Dörig becomes Vice-Chairman. Klaus J. Jacobs, the co-founder of Adecco, hands back his mandate, having reached the statutory retirement age.
  • 2009: Rolf Dörig replaces Dormann as Chairman.
  • 2009: Adecco acquires Spring Group.
  • 2010: Adecco acquires MPS Group for US$1.3 billion, but does not change the company names.[4]
  • 2011: Adecco sets up a joint venture in Shanghai with Chinese HR services company Fesco. FESCO Adecco begins operations on January 1, 2011.
  • 2011: Adecco creates 'Jobs for the Games' — the only official job board endorsed by LOCOG; creating a central hub for London 2012 jobs.[5]
  • 2012: The Olympic job website Jobs for the Games becomes, which brings together thousands of jobs from across the Adecco Group.
  • 2015: On September 1, 2015 Alain Dehaze takes over as Chief Executive Officer of the Adecco Group from Patrick De Maeseneire


On June 20, 2013, blogger Turner Barr went public on his blog, Around the World in 80 Jobs, with a dispute he was having with Adecco. Adecco had claimed a trademark on the term "Around the World in 80 Jobs," which they had used for a marketing campaign. Barr contended that his brand and likeness had been stolen. The story quickly went viral, particularly in the travel blogging community. On June 26, 2013, Adecco agreed to Turner's terms, issued a public apology, and changed the name of its contest to "Adecco Way to Work". [6] [7] [8]


Adecco UK Ltd v. Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd[edit]

On 10 December 2008, Adecco UK Ltd applied to the Company Names Tribunal under s.69(1)(b) Companies Act 2006 for a change of name of Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd, which had been registered at Companies House since 14 October 2008.

The application went undefended by the respondent and the adjudicator ordered on 3 March 2009 that Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd must change their name within one month. Additionally the respondent was ordered not to cause or permit any steps to be taken to register another company with an offending name which could interfere, due to its similarity, with the goodwill of the applicant.

Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd was also ordered to pay a contribution towards Adecco UK Ltd's costs.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Annual Report 2013" (PDF). Adecco. Retrieved 16 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Global headquarters." Adecco. Retrieved on 12 November 2009.
  3. ^ "[1]." Adecco. Retrieved on 31 October 2013.
  4. ^ Basch, Mark: [2] Florida Times-Union, October 21, 2009, "Jacksonville's MPS Group agrees to buyout by Swiss firm"
  5. ^ (2011) Adecco:
  6. ^ Turner Barr (June 21, 2013). "How I Got Fired from the Job I Invented". AroundtheWorldin80Jobs. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Jason Clampet (June 21, 2013). "Global job firm Adecco uses a travel blog’s name for its travel contest". Skift. Retrieved June 21, 2013. 
  8. ^ Stephen Rex Brown (June 24, 2013). "Travel blogger says employment company Adecco ripped off his website, likeness: 'It's creepy'". NY Daily News. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  9. ^ Adecco UK Ltd v. Adecco UK Recruitment Ltd Retrieved 8 October 2014

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