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Netherlands - Please Payroll sees strong growth potential with SMEs

07 February 2014

The total turnover of Please Payroll has increased in 2013 by +18% to €52 million, compared to 2012. In a press release, the company claimed to be reporting strong sales growth for the third consecutive year. In 2013, sales to clients in the hospitality industry grew by +17%, compared to 2012, and sales to clients in the Retail sector were up by +3% over the same period. In the construction sector, sales fell by -11%. Nevertheless Please is expecting payrolling services to be increasingly attractive to employers in the construction sector and beyond, and therefore the company is feeling increasingly optimistic for its operations in 2014. Since the beginning of the year, Please Payroll has already observed some strong growth in flexible contracts and believes the market of managing flex worker contracts for SMEs will develop further during the rest of the year.

Hans van de Ven, Director of Please, commented: "These are facts that cannot be ignored: How much Please has grown illustrates very well that SME entrepreneurs are desperate for flexible employment. Unfortunately, politics are still not listening enough to the needs of SMEs, which are mainly a result of the additional rules imposed on them. We would like these parties to understand that the labour market will never be as it was twenty years ago. "Currently Please Payroll is preparing a white paper in which experts give their views on the Dutch labour market, this should be available this spring.

Payrolling services are part of the wider portfolio of HR services available in the Netherlands. The most common offering is to Independent Contractors (ICs), whereby the company administrates tax and even takes employer responsibility on behalf of the IC. Increasingly, payrolling firms may also take responsibility for parts of the client’s permanent workforce, a service which is known as PEO in North America: the workers are officially employed by the Payrolling company, but work under the client’s supervision.

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