Temporary work set to increase by a quarter as firms struggle with forecasting during the pandemic

Temporary work set to increase by a quarter as firms struggle with forecasting during the pandemic

  • A fifth plan a hire freeze and to reduce hours
  • Three in four senior and HR managers do not know the rights of agency workers

New research released today (12 October 2020) suggests temporary work is set to surge as more than a quarter of firms (27%) in the UK reconsider the role agency workers have in their business. At the moment, just one in six firms (15%) rely on a flexible workforce, with 1.5m temporary employees in the UK today.

The figures, released by digital staffing platform Coople also reveal that a fifth (20%) of respondents said they plan to implement a headcount freeze over the next 12 months, while almost a fifth (19%) said they plan to reduce hours.

The new reliance on agency workers is grounded in inability to effectively plan for the business long-term, due to constantly shifting market conditions as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic. On average, half of respondents (50%) state the situation has led to profits slightly or significantly declining. The number of respondents who do not utilise agency workers and reported losses was higher than that of the respondents who do hire them (63% v 39%), suggesting short term work can alleviate some financial pressures.

Despite recognition that companies will have to rely on agency workers in the coming months, almost half (50%) of management heads and HR leaders who currently hire them do not understand the rights and benefits flexible workers are entitled to. This drops again to one in four (25%) of management teams who have not hired agency workers yet.

The biggest gaps in knowledge were around pay and holiday with over a third (35%) believing agency workers aren’t eligible for holiday pay and slightly fewer (30%) believing casual workers aren’t eligible for the minimum wage.

Kit Glover, UK MD at Coople, the digital staffing platform, said:

“With so many priorities competing for the attention of CEOs and HR teams at such a demanding time, it’s natural less is known of more irregular members of the workforce. With the surge in casual workers that’s expected; it is important firms recognise the value their flexible workforce brings in terms of added flexibility and financial results.”

“Working with a specialist agency can help, as we take the legal responsibility for the workers. Employment by a staffing platform not only ensures that they receive minimum wage and are entitled to a number of employee benefits. It also means that they have access to a wide range of job opportunities. Business leaders can benefit from the flexibility and business opportunity their flexible workers bring, while knowing that the solution is equally beneficial for the workers.”

Why are we changing our mission statement and website?

Why are we changing our mission statement and website?

When Coople started pioneering flexible work more than 10 years ago, the concept was new and different. Today, external flexible workers, who help businesses adjust their team sizes according to demand, are essential to many businesses’ core operational capabilities. The recent COVID-19 crisis has shown how flexible workers are essential to ensure our economies can function in any condition. In many cases, it was the critical work of flexible workers that, for example, enabled supermarkets and the agricultural sector to provide the population with essential goods. They also guaranteed that vital supply chains could continue working despite severe changing disruptions due to COVID-19.

To account for the important role that flexible workers play in our economy, we are changing our mission statement to better reflect our strategy. Coople’s mission is to ‘Make flexible work as rewarding, meaningful and recognised as permanent employment’. It is time for the world to truly embrace flexible work. We commit to continue disrupting the market to take it to the next level.

You will have noticed that things already look a bit different here. This is only the start and we are excited about explaining our plans in more detail soon. In the meantime, we’d love to hear any questions or your feedback. You can always reach us at marketing@coople.com.

Coople Switzerland is offering two new Dream Jobs at the AUDI FIS Women’s Ski World Cup in St. Moritz!

Coople Switzerland is offering two new Dream Jobs at the AUDI FIS Women’s Ski World Cup in St. Moritz!

Coople, Europe’s largest flexible staffing platform, will sponsor the AUDI FIS Women’s Ski World Cup in St. Moritz on the 14th and 15th of December, 2019. While the best female skiers in the world master the steep slopes in the Swiss mountains, Coople’s Swiss branch will be offering two Dream Jobs on-site – one of which is the assistant to the race manager. 

Coople is sponsoring the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup in St. Moritz in mid-December. For this purpose, the Swiss staffing platform will be providing two employees – Cooplers – to support the responsible persons at the World Cup weekend within the framework of two Dream Jobs.

For the second time, Coople Switzerland is offering registered employees the opportunity to perform a top-class assignment and take on extraordinary tasks with a Dream Job. In March of this year, the Coopler Sébastien de Sainte Marie took over a Dream Job at the “Xtreme Verbier”, the last station of the Freeride World Tour 2019.

“The Women’s Ski World Cup in St. Moritz is one of the most prestigious events in skiing. Especially in the world of sports, which is driven by so many emotions, it is great to make such unique experiences possible for our Cooplers,” says Viktor Calabrò, founder and executive chairman of the Board of Coople. “Thanks to our Swiss top athletes, we can also hope for victories!”

Over in St. Moritz, the event organisers are also pleased about the collaboration with the staffing partner, who will strengthen the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup in a targeted way and without additional effort for the organisers. “We are very happy about the partnership with Coople”, explains Claudia Jann, Head of PR & Media. “In addition to our own powerful volunteer organisation Voluntari Engiadina, we are always looking for talented people to support us in organising the event. With Coople, we can count on a partner who has a large network and can quickly and easily find helping hands when we need them, which is worth its weight in gold for an event of this magnitude”.

Two Dream Jobs in St. Moritz

The top-class jobs at the AUDI FIS Ski World Cup in St. Moritz will not only lead two selected Cooplers into the beautiful Engadine mountain landscape, but will also give them unique insights behind the scenes of a sports event with global attention.

These are the dream job positions our Swiss branch is offering:

Race Management Assistance

The right hand of the race manager will be in the middle of the action when the world’s best female skiers line up for the Super-G and Parallel Slalom. It’s all about keeping a cool head and keeping the entire race under control.

Social Media Assistance

Working alongside in a team with the Head of PR & Media of the Alpine Sports Events St. Moritz – Engadin, a Coopler will take over the entire social media appearance of the organiser during the competition days – be it with Instagram stories from the middle of the cheering crowds, or as part of the media team during the editorial preparation of the event in the office.

Keep your eyes peeled for exciting updates from our lucky Cooplers as the event kicks off!

Coople receives USD 32 million in funding and announces expansion into the Netherlands.

Coople receives USD 32 million in funding and announces expansion into the Netherlands.

Leading on-demand staffing platform, Coople, continues on its high-growth trajectory, with new funding and expansion, disrupting the traditional staffing industry.

London, October 24, 2019. Coople, Europe’s leading on-demand platform for flexible staff, receives additional funding of USD 32 million from a group of investors led by One Peak Partners and the Growth Equity Business within the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division. In total, Coople has raised USD 76 million in funding to date, making it one of the world’s best funded companies within the flexible job market. The proceeds from the successful Series C round will be used to continue investing in the automation of Coople’s online platform, to further expand within existing markets, and to launch Coople’s business in the Netherlands and one other international market.

“We look forward to continuing on our path of revolutionising the world of work. On the one hand, Coople offers employees a convenient way to find high-quality, flexible jobs. On the other hand, Coople provides companies with reliable, easy access to our fast-growing pool of on-demand talent,” said Rinaldo Olivari, CEO of Coople. “Over the past year, we have seen that an increasing number of users are coming to our platform for more than just last-minute jobs. They now rely on Coople for a large part of their income or their core business. We will use the proceeds from this funding round to further improve the automation and user experience of our product, expand our geographic reach, and strengthen our core team with additional talent.”

Since its start in Switzerland in 2009, Coople has introduced its disruptive business model in 3 countries and revolutionised the traditional recruitment industry (market volume: USD 470 billion). The company’s platform uses an algorithm that instantly matches its flexible workforce with the demand from companies. Amongst other factors, the algorithm takes into consideration a worker’s location, availability, experience and ratings and matches these with the requirements of the hiring company.

The Coople platform provides end-to-end automation of the HR process; from planning, recruiting, on-boarding and hiring to workforce management, payroll and payments. This allows companies to significantly reduce the time and costs associated with HR administration.
By migrating to the AWS cloud this year, Coople has further improved availability, resiliency, and its technical foundations, and is looking forward to scaling in existing and new markets. The company is also extending its world leading flexible staff planning software to enable clients to upload and manage their internal flexible staff.

Coople continues its expansion and innovation through the course of 2020

Today, Coople has over 400,000 registered ‘Cooplers’ (flexible employees) and over 20,000 registered companies on its platform. The company has a market leading position in Switzerland and continues to show triple digit annual growth rates in the UK, a market it entered in 2016.
Earlier this month, Coople announced the appointment of Thijs Dirkzwager, the new Managing Director for the Netherlands, to launch in the Dutch market. In its existing markets, Coople plans to continue its growth path in the UK and in Switzerland. An increasing number of large blue-chip companies in these markets already rely on Coople for on-demand staffing, including Hilton Hotels, Hyatt Hotels, Financial Times, IWG, Swisscom, C&A, AXA Winterthur, Globus, and Moet Hennessy.
To further accelerate its growth, Coople has strengthened its leadership team in 2019. The new members of the senior team are Annette Burgard, Vice President Marketing; Yves Schneuwly, Managing Director Switzerland; Kit Glover, Managing Director UK; and Thijs Dirkzwager, Managing Director Netherlands.
David Klein, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of One Peak Partners, said “We look forward to our continuing collaboration with Coople, particularly with regard to further international expansion. The market for flexible talent remains one of the most exciting technology market opportunities in Europe, and, with its expanded management team, Coople is in prime position to further expand its market leadership.”

About Coople

Coople is Europe’s largest platform for on-demand work, with over 400,000 registered flexible workers and 20,000 registered businesses. The company matches flexible workers with businesses operating in the gastronomy, hospitality, retail, logistics, events, and office sectors. Coople currently has offices in Switzerland, the UK and the Netherlands.

MEDIA CONTACT Coople | Danielle Bedford | Level 7 East, 3 Finsbury Avenue, London EC2M 2PA | 020 8338 9333 | danielle.bedford@coople.com | https://www.coople.com/uk/

Yves Schneuwly appointed as new Managing Director of Coople Switzerland

Yves Schneuwly appointed as new Managing Director of Coople Switzerland

Yves Schneuwly starts at Coople Switzerland as of May 1st, assuming the role of the Managing Director Switzerland for Europe’s largest online platform for on-demand staffing. His predecessor Anthony Vaslin took on the position as COO.

Schneuwly comes to Coople from the networking platform XING. At the leading online business network of the German-speaking realm, he was responsible for the B2B and B2C business at the interface of sales, marketing, product and operations in Switzerland and Austria.

Previously, he served as Managing Director of Universum, the global specialist for employer branding services. There, he developed operational strategies for Switzerland and Eastern Europe. Yves played a key role in driving Universum’s digital transformation and enabled the company to establish itself as an HR technology provider and successfully implement a SaaS business model. After leaving the company, he remained on the board to ensure a smooth transition.

Speaking of his new role at Coople, Schneuwly is looking forward to the new challenge. “For me, Coople combines digitisation, the labour market and disruption and plays a key role in managing the changes in the world of work. I am thrilled to be part of the team and to contribute to such an inspiring vision and truly unique purpose,” he says.

The Basler has many years of experience in global, fast-growing environments in both the online and professional services industries. He also works as an advisor for Great Place to Work Switzerland and is a guest lecturer at HWZ Institute for Digital Business. Schneuwly holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Basel as well as an Executive MBA from the Swiss University of Applied Sciences. The 35-year-old lives in Basel with his wife and two children.

Coople in the Alps: changing the landscape of winter working (Freeride)

Coople in the Alps: changing the landscape of winter working (Freeride)

Coople, Europe’s largest platform for flexible work, announces that it will sponsor the Nendaz Freeride and Xtreme Verbier, the final stage of the Freeride World Tour, on its mission to solve staffing needs in the modern world of work. The Swiss-founded company will provide on-demand staff to cover the demand of on-site workers during the famous freeride skiing competitions. Coople will also offer one worker a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to document the Xtreme Verbier with the Freeride World Tour Dream Job.

“The landscape of work has changed tremendously and business fluctuations have become more unpredictable and disruptive than ever before,” says Anthony Vaslin, Coople’s Chief Operating Officer. “We want to help companies and organizations regardless of industry and location manage these fluctuations better.” By sponsoring the Nendaz Freeride and Xtreme Verbier, Coople aims to shape the future of flexible work for winter destinations and seasonal event organizers in the Alps.

Changing the perception of the gig economy for good

In Nendaz, Coople will sponsor the freeride competition with more than 100 temporary workers during the course of the competition, which takes place from March 8th to March 20th. The temporary workers—Cooplers—will be performing a variety of functions during the competition ranging from mountain operations to welcoming the athletes. Interested applicants should be able to ski and can apply on the Nendaz Freeride website until the start of the event.

With its presence in the Alps, Coople is challenging views of the gig economy and the expectations of flexible work. “Coople offers a wide range of jobs, and we want to show the exciting and meaningful side to flexible work,” says Anthony Vaslin. The company, a member of swissstaffing, the association of staff leasing companies in Switzerland, contributes to worker pensions and also supports regular workers taking up employment through the platform with continuing education. The company has also spearheaded social initiatives: in cooperation with the City of Bern, Coople created a “Social Temporary Jobs Platform” aimed to bring social welfare recipients back into the labor market. “Demonstrating to the world that flexible work can be dynamic as well as responsible has always been our company mission.”

Introducing the Freeride world tour Dream Job, powered by Coople

For the Xtreme Verbier—the final segment of the Freeride World Tour 2019 taking place from March 23rd to March 31st—the company is also announcing the open casting of its Freeride World Tour Dream Job. “We’re very excited to have Coople onboard as a sponsor,” says Nicolas Hale-Woods, CEO of the Freeride World Tour. “Together, Coople and the Xtreme Verbier will select one lucky applicant to film all of the action from atop the Bec des Rosses.” Interested applicants may apply for the job on the Coople website starting February 11th.

About Nendaz Freeride

Nendaz Freeride is a ski and snowboard competition taking place in the area of Plan-du-Fou / Nendaz Switzerland. Two weeks before the Verbier Xtreme, this spectacular Freeride World Qualifying phase brings together 400 participants with some of the most talented riders in the world.

About Xtreme Verbier

Xtreme Verbier the last and most eagerly awaited stage of the iconic Freeride World Tour (FWT). The event takes place on the legendary face of the Bec des Rosses, where the world’s best freeriders gather to compete for the title of world champion. Xtreme Verbier and the Freeride World Tour have been organized since 1996 by FWT Managed SA, based in Lutry Switzerland.