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Staffing Industry Analysts has published a list of the 100 Most Influential People in European Staffing. The full List can be accessed here. The List is a multicultural melting pot reflecting the diversity of staffing markets in Europe and includes those that have helped to shape the development of a market estimated to be worth €106 billion in 2012. 32% of the List comprises British executives which is not so surprising given that the UK is the largest staffing market in Europe though the Dutch (15%), French (14%), Germans (12%) and Italians (5%) are also well represented. The European staffing market is also influenced by a number of non-Europeans, most notably Americans who comprise 6% of the list. Two members of the list have dual nationality.
The ‘Big Three’ staffing companies (Adecco, Randstad and ManpowerGroup) have a total of 22 entrants in the List but, as the three companies enjoy a combined European market share of 36%, their inclusion does not seem at all disproportionate.
Industry veterans will recognize many well-known staffing industry figures but the List also includes a number of important influencers who have previously been less prominent.
Only 11% of the list comprises female executives. John Nurthen, Executive Director International Development for Staffing Industry Analysts commented, “This is remarkably and disappointingly low when the staffing industry itself enjoys a relatively high proportion of women working in its ranks. This percentage also compares unfavorably to our equivalent US list where women comprise 22% of the 100 most influential. While we should celebrate the success of the women who have achieved recognition, the male influencers on our List might like to consider why women are so under-represented.”
The List was created using objective financial criteria – what European staffing revenue is the person directly responsible for and are they ultimately responsible for this revenue or do they report to a more senior executive? But influence comes in a number of forms and money isn’t the only factor. A number of the people on the list have played an important role in developing the European staffing market by way of influence over legislation (hence the inclusion of a number of staffing association personnel and union officials) or in more indirect ways. The list focuses on current and active influence rather than past influence though many in the list have had a very important role to play in the creation of the modern industry.
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