In many organizations, there is no clear vision on the assessment and development of the use of flexworkers. By now, most companies have developed a flexible workforce which is between 10 and 35 percent of their total worfkorce and the trend is that people want more connection with and commitment from their flexworkers.
HR departments have little control and existing assessment-tools are inadequate.
In the past job agents, recruiters and brokers increased their control over the flex force and companies become aware of the impact. The image of companies has become important again and the result is that one wants to be in control again.
More and more companies take away the production from low-wage countries and in the Netherlands they compensate this by hiring cheap European employees.
In the past the migrant worker was limited by national immigration policy. Nowadays more restrictions have been removed on the basis of a European Union.
Eastern European EU countries have significantly lower wages and that makes it interesting for people from these countries to work on a temporarily basis in the Netherlands. The battle against abuse of those people has become a priority of the Dutch Government.
In the coming years, despite economic growth, there will be no increase in employment. Therefore employers will have less growth of their workforce and appeal to the flex market. Here is also a trend: companies are searching for more continuity, sustainability and a better ratio of costs versus benefit.
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Business acquisitions is a normal phenomenon. Becoming a global player is trend again. In the past we saw some Dutch companies looking for acquisition. Today, they are taken over. Mostly based on investment grounds and less with a vision based on grounds such as employment and social policy. In order to protect themselves against this type of takeover companies will create more communities and collectivity.
For years people talk about “Alternative Workplace Strategies” and the recession gave it the final push. More and more offices do not have the intention to be filled again. Big cities finance projects where offices are converted into living apartments. Companies are struggling with the labor conditions, because matters like health-service, productivity and commitment demand a new approach.