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Continued investments in strategic initiatives to strengthen competitive position

Summary and highlights


  • Revenue growth 4% organically1 and trading days adjusted (TDA)

  • Return to growth in North America General Staffing, +3% TDA

  • Continued strong performance in permanent placement, revenues up 18% organically

  • Gross margin 18.3%, stable year-on-year; trend in temporary staffing price and mix similar

    to Q1 2018 (-10 bps)

  • EBITA2 margin excluding one-offs3 4.5%, down 30 bps, including strategic investments impact

    of -30 bps

  • Net income attributable to Adecco Group shareholders EUR 170 million

  • Revenues in June and July combined up 4%, organically and trading days adjusted

  • Sale of Beeline stake announced in July; EUR 172 million after-tax cash proceeds


“In Q2 2018, underlying revenue growth was solid, at 4%, and the mix of growth became more balanced. North America General Staffing returned to growth, achieving its strongest performance since Q2 2015, mostly offsetting lower growth in certain European countries. And in France, our largest business, we significantly outperformed the market. Permanent recruitment also remained strong, reflecting the targeted investments that we have made.


Gross margin stabilised in Q2. We maintained our price discipline and were increasingly able to reflect in our bill rates the additional efforts required to find candidates in talent scarce markets. EBITA margin was impacted by investments in our ‘Perform, Transform, Innovate’ agenda, and also by the ongoing consolidation of our general staffing businesses in Germany. In the second half of 2018, we expect the Group margin trend to improve, and we are on track to deliver the EUR 50 million of productivity savings previously indicated.


The investments we are making to digitalise the Adecco Group will significantly strengthen our competitive position, allowing us to grow our market share in our core businesses, and also expand our solutions into attractive adjacent markets. As the Group’s transformation builds momentum, I am thankful to all of our colleagues around the world for their dedication and enthusiasm, and for embracing the many opportunities that the changing world of work offers.”


Alain Dehaze, Group Chief Executive Officer


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