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THE ADECCO GROUP SPEARHEADS THE AGE OF THE FREELANCER WITH A NEW DIGITAL BRAND: YOSS


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Zurich Switzerland, Oct 24, 2017 

  • First support services and marketplace for freelancers and companies

  • 360-degree online freelancer platform in partnership with Microsoft

  • YOSS embraces gig economy as part of the Adecco Group’s innovation strategy

YOSS is an innovative technology start-up developed by the Adecco Group with Microsoft to transform the world of work for both corporations and freelancers. Launched today at the HR Tech Congress in Amsterdam, YOSS was custom built to specifically facilitate the relationship between freelancers and enterprises. 

YOSS is focused on gaining a strong foothold in France before rolling out to other major economies. 

“Freelancers are the heartbeat of the gig economy ecosystem and the future of work, and yet companies often struggle to tap into this fruitful market. YOSS is bridging that gap, bringing innovation to enterprises, and helping freelancers develop their professional lives,” said the Adecco Group CEO Alain Dehaze. “YOSS manages the whole company-freelancer relationship, fuelling an emerging market that has the potential to grow to three times the size of temporary staffing”.

One of the megatrends shaping the future world of work, the gig economy is likely to grow to a value of 1,300 billion euro in the coming years[1], with freelancing set to become a keystone of the global labour market. More than half of workers in the US will be freelancers by 2025[2], and 35 percent of millennials in France are already working independently[3].  

Part of the Adecco Group’s digital strategy, and supported by Microsoft, YOSS gives companies a secure, fast and reliable way to adapt to more flexible procurement of specialized skill sets and expertise. The platform provides a range of “on demand” services for freelancers (including benefits such as insurance, legal and accounting advice) so they can focus on their work and grow their business sustainably, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

YOSS manages company-freelancer partnerships across every specialty from a single portal, with a ‘search and match’ marketplace, daily business support, and end-to-end administration. Built for enterprises, YOSS brings new levels of safety and trust to the gig economy, such as Microsoft-enabled data protection and security. It offers peace of mind for freelancers with ease of payment, insurance, and legal and accounting advice.

“Across all sectors, businesses are digitally transforming to better serve their customers and to compete in a cloud-first world. With YOSS, both employers and job seekers will benefit from a more secure and effective way to find the perfect job match,” said Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice-President and President Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations.

The brainchild of French entrepreneurs Guillaume Herrnberger and Romain Trébuil, YOSS was developed by the Adecco Group’s ‘digital incubator’ arm AGX in less than a year.

With YOSS, companies can contract directly with freelancers in line with their internal and external requirements. The platform also facilitates invoicing: freelancers are paid within three days, while clients honour their usual invoice period, resolving a common pain point.

“YOSS will offer freelancers the best projects and support services so they can focus on what they love: their jobs! For companies, we are connecting them with the flexibility and potential of the world of freelancing,” said YOSS co-founder and CEO Romain Trébuil.

“YOSS aims to be much more than the usual marketplace. We want to be the reliable partner for freelancers and their clients to improve the way they manage their relationships and daily lives,” said co-founder and COO Guillaume Herrnberger.

The YOSS platform beta version will go live in France on November 14th 2017, before transitioning to the full version in France in February 2018. The online service will roll out across other major markets in the second half of 2018.

Notes to Editor:

For further information please check out the detailed YOSS factsheet and website.  For editorial purposes please also find:

 

[1] Source : McKinsey Global

[2] Source : McKinsey Global

[3] Source : INSEE

 

The Adecco Group is the world’s leading provider of HR solutions, transforming the world of work through talent and technology. Each year, the Adecco Group provides over 1 million people around the world with career opportunities, guidance and insights. Through its global brands Adecco, Modis, Badenoch & Clark, Spring Professional, Lee Hecht Harrison, Pontoon and Adia, the Adecco Group offers total workforce solutions including temporary staffing, permanent placement, career transition, talent development, and outsourcing. The Adecco Group partners with employers, candidates, colleagues and governments, sharing its labour market expertise and insights to empower people, fuel economies, and enrich societies.

The Adecco Group is a Fortune Global 500 company, based in Zurich, Switzerland, with more than 33,000 FTE employees in 60 countries and territories around the world. Adecco Group AG is registered in Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN).

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