About Manpower

Our history

Serving the Swiss employment market for 55 years

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 obtains license
André Dreyer and Maria Mumenthaler acquire the license to set up Manpower in French-speaking Switzerland.
First branch office opens
The first branch is opened on Rue des Maraîchers in Geneva.

1965

“White Glove Girl” campaign
Particularly hard-working secretaries are rewarded with “gants blancs” (white gloves). Loss of earnings insurance is introduced for all employees in the event of illness.

1966

Introduction of the Da Vinci logo
The “Da Vinci” logo is adopted: the Vitruvian Man symbolises the pursuit of efficiency and perfection.

1967

Manpower day nursery
A crèche and a children’s holiday camp are set up which temporary staff can use free of charge.
Typing classes established
To keep up with advancements in technology, Manpower opens a typewriting school.

1968

Foundation of SVUTA
Manpower becomes 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.

1969

Death of André Dreyer
André Dreyer dies in an accident.

1970

French-speaking Switzerland boosted
Manpower has three branches in Western Switzerland: Geneva, Lausanne and Biel.
Sponsor of sporting events
Manpower supports and organises sporting events, most notably the first company competitions.

1973

First employment index published
The first survey of the Swiss employment market is launched, based on advertisements published in the press.

1975

German-speaking Switzerland license
Maria Mumenthaler acquires the license to set up business in German-speaking Switzerland.

1978

Oscar to best temporary employees
The most proficient temporary employees are awarded a “Manpower Oscar” and a bonus amounting to five per cent of their salary.

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.

1980

More branch offices open
Manpower is now operating in 18 Swiss towns and cities: Aarau, Baden, Basel, Bern, Biel, Burgdorf, Geneva, Lausanne, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Monthey, Nyon, Olten, Sion, Solothurn, Thun, Vevey, Winterthur and Zurich.

1983

Computerization of the company
The first computers are installed and the branches are linked up via an electronic network.

1985

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award
Maria Mumenthaler receives the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award, which is presented in Switzerland for the first time.

1986

Training and assessment tools
Manpower provides a new range of training and assessment tools for its temporary employees: Skillware, Ultradex, Linguaskill and Ultraskill.

1987

Partner of Orgexpo (GE)
Manpower becomes an exclusive partner for Orgexpo (Geneva Motor Show, Telecom trade fair, etc.).

1990

Branch network expanded
Over the past decade, Manpower has rounded off its network by opening new branches in Fribourg, Langenthal, Lucerne, Liestal, Morges, Oerlikon, Rapperswil, Rheinfelden, St. Gallen, Schaffhausen, Weinfelden, Yverdon and Zug.

1991

Onsite services established
The first on-site recruitment centres are set up on client premises.

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 created
The Manpower pension fund becomes independent.

1999

Acquisition of Experis
Manpower acquires Elan IT, which specialises in recruitment in the IT and telecommunications sector. The company changes its name to Experis in 2012.

2000

Based in all three language regions
By the start of the new Millennium, Manpower also has branches in Bellinzona, Brig, Lugano, Lyss, Neuchâtel, Payerne and Sursee.

2001

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

2002

JobCenter at Expo.02
Manpower is one of the key players at the Expo.02 Job Centre.

2004

“Work_Link” cooperation with Swisscom
Manpower, Swisscom and their unions set up “Work_Link”, which aims to enable older
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.
Right Management acquired
Manpower acquires Right Management, thus expanding its services to include outplacement

2005

First Employment Outlook Survey
The Manpower Employment Outlook Survey is launched in Switzerland.
Charles Bélaz president of Swissstaffing
Charles Bélaz, CEO of Manpower Switzerland, takes over as President of swissstaffing.

2006

New brand identity
New visual identity: Manpower presents itself as a global leading expert in the modern world of work.

2010

Further geographical expansion
Branches in Altdorf, Buchs, Delémont and Zofingen are added to the Manpower network between 2000 and 2010.
Manpower joins the social networks
Manpower joins the social networks Xing, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.
First HR solutions developed
The first Managed Service Provider solutions and HR solutions are set up on client premises.
Death of Maria Mumenthaler
Manpower co-founder Maria Mumenthaler dies in April. The nresponsibility of the company remains with the same family.

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.
2 new branch offices
Branches are opened in Bulle and Porrentruy.
Customer Care Competence Center
Through its Competence Centre for recruiting and training of employees in the areas of customer care, call centre and sales services, Manpower helps companies to boost their customer solutions.

2013

Manpower Academy
Creation of a training centre in Bern offering training and development to new employees

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).
«Matchingpower»
The “Matchingpower” strategy embraces five dimensions: candidates, companies, employees, key processes and added value. Manpower matches the company’s specialization with the strengths of each candidate, making companies more successful and people happier.

2015

Expo Milano 2015
ManpowerGroup is Official HR Premium Partner.
Happy Birthday
Manpower Switzerland turns 55 (7th November 1960).
Employment Survey
10th edition of the Manpower survey on talent shortage

2018

Leif Agnéus president of Swissstaffing
Leif Agnéus, General Manager of Manpower Switzerland, takes over as President of swissstaffing.