USG People

USG People NV is a Dutch -based recruitment and human resources company, headquartered in Almere . USG is Holland’s second-largest employment company behind Randstad . [2] The firm: has a presence in thirteen countries in Central and Western Europe , operating temporary employment agencies and providing good secondmentand other HR services. USG People was formed by the 1997 merger of the companies Unique International and Goudsmit, and was known as United Services Groupbetween 2001 and 2005. Listed on Euronext Amsterdam , The company is a mid-cap AMX stock market index . In 2016 the Recruit Holdings (based in Japan) acquired all shares of USG People for 1.42 billion euros.


The company ict in current form Was founded in 1997 from the merger entre les Benelux staffing firm Unique International BV and the publicly traded Goudsmit NV, holding company Involved in various Sectors Including recruitment. [3] The enlarged group changed its name to United Services Group NV in 2001. [3]

In 2002 United Services Group acquired a controlling stake in the job agency Start Holding, which had been privatized by the Dutch government six years earlier. [4] This was later expanded to full control. The deal gave rise to an increasing number of people in Spain and Italy .

The company acquired smaller Belgian peer Solvus Resource Group for around € 585 million [5] in August 2005, [6] after which it changed its name to USG People NV

In late 2008 the company adopted a ” poison pill ” defense against potential acquisitions by issuing preference shares to a company foundation. [7]


The company operates around 1,350 branches across 10 European countries. [1] The Dutch market remains the largest for the company, contributing nearly 40% of all revenues. [1] Belgium and Luxembourg , France , Germany and Spain are the next largest divisions of the firm.

By far the company’s largest business segment is general temporary work agencies, which operate under the unified Start People brand across all countries. [8] USG also has a number of specialist staffing agencies, recruiting into professions such as administration , finance , secretarial work and health care . Its professional division covers the recruitment and secondment of staff in skilled fields including engineering , telecommunications and IT , while the company also provides various other services in the field of customer services .


  1. ^ Jump up to:a b c d e f g h “Annual Report 2010” (PDF) . USG People . Retrieved 22 April 2011 .
  2. Jump up^ Chee, Foo Yun; Kreijger, Gilbert (23 December 2008). “USG People gets shareholder ok for pref shares issue” . Reuters . Retrieved 2008-12-28 .
  3. ^ Jump up to:a b “about us >> our history” . USG People . Retrieved 2008-12-28 .
  4. Jump up^ “United Services neemt uitzendconcurrent Start over” . De Standaard (in Dutch). 3 April 2002 . Retrieved 2008-12-29 .
  5. Jump up^ “Brussels shares rise on firmer US dollar, Solvus soars on bid from USG” . AFX News . Forbes . 15 June 2005 . Retrieved 2008-12-28 .
  6. Jump up^ “USG declares offer for Solvus unconditional, holds 95.56 pct of shares” . AFX News . Forbes . 19 August 2005 . Retrieved 2008-12-28 .
  7. Jump up^ Chee, Foo Yun (11 December 2008). “Can USG People ward off opportunistic buyers?” . Reuters . Retrieved 2008-12-28 .
  8. ^ Jump up to:a b “about us >> our business >> our companies” . USG People . Retrieved 2008-12-28 .

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