Our history

More than 60 years of experience in Switzerland

Founded in Geneva in 1960 as a franchise of the ManpowerGroup, Manpower Switzerland matches up the most talented workers on the market – from employees to project managers right through to managing directors – with companies looking for specific skill-sets. Leading the way in efficient and innovative HR solutions, Manpower is the trusted partner of 5000 clients each year – small, medium and large enterprises – and of 20,000 temporary staff and around 1500 talented employees recruited for permanent positions. The company’s key focus is on connecting employers and candidates, and to this end Manpower Switzerland increasingly uses tailor-made solutions to respond to the complex needs of companies in an ever-changing world of work. With more than 300 internal staff, Manpower is present in 40 locations in Switzerland and is firmly established in every linguistic region.

 

1960 Manpower-license for French-speaking Switzerland

André Dreyer and Maria Mumenthaler acquire the license to set up Manpower in French-speaking Switzerland.
The first branch is opened in Geneva.

1965 Loss of income insurance

Introduction of loss of income insurance in the event of illness for all employees. Mainly aimed at temporary employees, this introduction provides more security in a time where such an employment type is much more precarious.

1965 "White Glove Girl" campaign

Particularly hard-working secretaries are rewarded with “gants blancs” (white gloves).

1967 Manpower day nursery

Establishment of a day nursery and a vacation camp that can be used free of charge by temporary employees.

1968 Foundation of SVUTA

Manpower is a founding member of SVUTA (the Swiss association of temporary and private employment agencies), which later changes its name to VPDS before becoming swissstaffing in 2006.

1973 First employment index published

The first survey of the Swiss employment market is launched, based on advertisements published in the press. Initially developed for internal use to predict fluctuations in the economy, its success turns it into an essential reference for companies and jobseekers on the employment market.

1975 Manpower receives the license for German-speaking Switzerland

1979 Foundation in memory of A. Dreyer

The non-profit Manpower Foundation is set up in memory of Swiss co-founder André Dreyer, along with an employer foundation aimed at supporting staff.

1986 Training and assessment tools

Manpower provides its temporary employees with a new concept of training and assessment tools.

1991 Launch of on-site services

First on-site recruitment centers directly in client companies, proving to be the best way to develop a genuine understanding of the company’s business and culture to tailor a service fully customized to the client’s needs while rapidly responding to client and candidate requirements.

1993 Reintegration program launched

Creation of “Atouts pour l’emploi” (“Employment assets”), a non-profit programme designed to help job seekers affected by changes in their work environment.

1996 Manpower pension fund becomes independent

1999 Acquisition of Experis

Acquisition of Elan IT, a company specializing in personnel recruitment in the IT sector. In 2012, the company changes its name to Experis.

2001 Launch of online courses

The Global Learning Centre is launched in Switzerland, offering around 2,000 online courses in IT, software applications, management and sales.

2004 Acquisition of Right Management

Manpower acquires Right Management to expand its outplacement and career counselling services.

2004 Supporting the UN in the Iraqi elections

The UN commissions Manpower Switzerland to recruit almost a thousand data entry clerks who can read and write Arabic. Their task is to draw up polling cards for Iraq's first democratic elections.

2005 Launch of the first Employment Outlook Survey

The Employment Outlook Survey is conducted in 43 countries. Right Management consultants interview over 750 employers to represent one of the most recognized employment surveys in the world. It is focused on identifying companies’ intentions of increasing or decreasing staffing levels.

2010 First HR solutions developed

The first Managed Service Provider solutions and HR solutions are set up on client premises.

2012 CBA staff leasing

As an industry leader, Manpower is one of the key instigators behind the development of the first Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) on Staff Leasing.

2014 Social responsibility

Manpower cooperates with the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) in its pilot project “Personalverleih” (“Staff Leasing”) aiming at enhancing the employability of invalidity insurance beneficiaries (IV).

2019 Manpower Switzerland becomes part of ManpowerGroup

Manpower Switzerland becomes part of the international group ManpowerGroup. Manpower Switzerland, Experis Switzerland and Right Management Switzerland united under ManpowerGroup Switzerland, with headquarters in Morges. 
 

2020 Jury at Young Enterprise Switzerland (part of JA Worldwide)

For the first time, members of ManpowerGroup Switzerland are part of the jury at Young Enterprise Switzerland. They evaluate companies built by young people (between 16 and 20 years old). We are proud to encourage and support young people in their early careers. 
ManpowerGroup is a supporter of JA Worldwide, an organization focused on helping to ready young people for employment and entrepreneurship.

2020 First job center

Created following the employment consequences of the pandemic, Manpower provides terminated employees with a local or virtual job center with a wealth of market knowledge. From job application questions to professional career counseling, Manpower helps employees reintegrate into the job market.
   

2021 Foundation of Talent Solutions Switzerland

The company Right Management AG is renamed Talent Solutions ManpowerGroup AG. This includes the three sub-brands Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), Right Management and TAPFIN.