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Flexibility@work

The Flexibility@work report provides a comprehensive overview of international employment trends in the flexible work market.

Over the past decade, the common belief has been that flexible labor relations have surged in popularity worldwide and are, in fact, threatening the position of traditional, open-ended labor contracts. The Flexibility@work 2013 report shows that this is not the case. There is no clear evidence of a worldwide trend towards a growing share of formal flexible labor relations over the last decade. Nor is there any evidence of a trade-off between different forms of flexible labor.

Flexibility@work 2013 demonstrates that the way in which specific forms of flexible labor relations develop depends on the specific demands of the various national labor markets, and therefore varies widely. These demands may be related to the need for innovation, the rise or decline of certain economic sectors, or the economic cycle, to name just a few possible influences. This is especially true for agency work, which remains a small part of all flexible labor relations, but the demand for which seems to be structurally increasing.

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International Trends & Workplace Survey Report 2013

The employment market is continuously changing, not in the least brought on by the volatility of the economic environment. While companies have been focused on emphasizing their core competencies, they are also planning for the future, in order to remain competitive and successful and grasp opportunities for growth. 

This year’s Survey discusses these and many other industry  insights, and an executive summary highlights our key findings. We remain focused on providing the quality talent your teams need to impact your organization’s bottom line and its future success.

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Into the Gap: Exploring Skills & Mismatches 

The final in a series of three joint studies by Randstad and SEO Economic Research of the University of Amsterdam on demographic issues.


Two important structural growth drivers for the HR services industry are the need for flexibility and demographics. Our first 2007 study Mind the Gap outlined the international demographic trends and challenges for future labor markets, followed by our second 2010 study Bridging the Gap identifying skills shortages, aging & demographic issues and more in particular the consequences of the declining population in Europe in relation to EU’s 2020 strategic agenda for smart sustainable and inclusive growth.

The former two studies provided estimates of the potential future employment gaps in quantitative terms. However, they did not reveal the qualitative elements of future labor markets. Our new study Into the Gap complements the two previous studies by focusing on the explanation and measurements of present and future qualitative and quantitative mismatches in the labor markets of in particular Europe and the US.  It builds on two growth scenarios for possible future developments in the characteristics of demand and supply in labor markets.

By detailing qualitative differences between skills demand and supply in the future, this final report is really looking into the gap. 


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