Introduction

Who is
OTTO Work Force?

There are a multitude of different industries which are currently struggling with a shortage of qualified personnel. From agriculture and horticulture to logistics and construction. We have developed into the largest international employment agency in Europe since our foundation back in 2000. We help employers to find professionally trained personnel from the Netherlands and abroad. This allows companies to focus on their core tasks without having to worry about personnel. We take good care of our people.

Anyone who works hard here simply forms part of the team! Our starting principle is that we treat our people in the exact same way as we would like to be treated if we were working in a different country. That means well-organised work, fair and correct pay, good support to settle in the Netherlands and a decent place to live. That’s been in OTTO's DNA since day one.

Missie and Visie

OTTO has one important mission: to ensure companies can effectively run and develop without having to worry about personnel. We make every possible effort to provide companies with the best qualified personnel. We are constantly looking for new ways to optimally serve both our customers’ and employees’ interests, as the market leader in international employment services. Everyone at OTTO Work Force is passionate about what we do and will always go the extra mile.

Strategy

The fact that we want to provide our customers with the very best personnel is absolutely central to everything we do. After all, that's the only way businesses are going to thrive. Our people can make all the difference for our customers. And that’s exactly why we invest in our people. After all, happy employees most definitely result in happy clients. That’s why 'WE TAKE CARE OF OUR PEOPLE' is a central focus point within our organisation. This means we’ll be focussing on our (potential) employees’ wishes and needs even more, both now and during the forthcoming years.

Our 2020-2024 strategic vision’s title is The Happy OTTO Employee Journey. OTTO Work Force won’t just have a past to be proud of, but certainly also a wonderful future, if we know what moves our employees, both literally and figuratively, and if we can effectively respond to this.

We’ll be working on optimising our recruitment process during the forthcoming years, we’ll be focussing on finding and retaining good employees and on promoting working abroad. After all, our work is all about people! Talented and successful professionals know what needs to happen and will do whatever needs to be done. They’re ‘in control’. Our professionals are therefore central focus points in our strategy.

OTTO’s strategy as a whole can only be successful if everyone translates this into their own actions and subsequently truly implements this. The best people are disciplined, they’re able to focus and they’re in control. That’s the key message. And we simply won’t settle for less. RESPECT is, and will always be, the bottom line where our actions are concerned.

Read about our strategy

Timeline

Our History

OTTO Work Force has experienced significant growth every single year since its foundation in the Netherlands back in 2000. We started off with 4 Polish employees at Gipmans in Venlo in early 2000. Who could have predicted we would now be active throughout the whole of Europe with an impressive 27.000 employees?

OTTO Work Force has developed into the largest international employment agency in Europe. And we want to continue to grow. Not as an actual objective, but simply to ensure we always have the best solution and match for our clients. The current challenges within the employment market certainly don’t make finding good personnel an easy task. OTTO can offer the solution.

Read the interview with our CEO and Founder Frank van Gool

Corporate social responsibility

Maintaining a balance between economic success and corporate social responsibility is a foundation of the OTTO Group. Our strategy of social responsibility is pursued at many levels: we participate in social, cultural and sporting activities. We take care of people in need, have respect for nature, are involved in dialogue with employees and customers and invest in the development of our people.

Read our CSR report 2022

Our values

7 core values of
OTTO Work Force

Our organisation has been founded on RESPECT. These values ​​are central to everything we do. Most of our employees come from a different country. They deserve to be treated in the exact same way as the people who come from the country where they work. Our customers also deserve our respect. After all, they are making it possible for us to exist.

Result

We work in a cost-conscious and purposeful manner

Empowerment

We allow our people to take responsibility

Socially involved

We treat our colleagues and the world around us with the greatest of care

Performance

We always go the extra mile

European

We don't believe in borders, we believe in quality

Customer excellence

We are focused on providing our customers with the best possible service

Transparant

We believe in openness

Trade association of Dutch private employment agencies (ABU):

OTTO Work Force is a member of the ABU. ABU-members have their affairs in order, are regularly inspected, are good to their temporary workers and do not discriminate. That gives certainty!

Management OTTO

Meet
our people

Frank van Gool

Frank van Gool

Founder & CEO

Karolina Swoboda

Karolina Swoboda

Vice-CEO & Managing Director Netherlands

Justyna Kooijmans

Justyna Kooijmans

HR Director

Peter Bouman

Peter Bouman

CFO

Willem-Jan Herckenrath

Willem-Jan Herckenrath

ICT Director

Tomasz Dudek

Tomasz Dudek

Managing Director Central and Eastern Europe

Piotr Meler

Piotr Meler

Managing Director Germany

Danielle Keijl

Danielle Keijl

Business Unit Director

Kasia Gurbala

Kasia Gurbala

Business Unit Director

Joop Klein Wentink

Joop Klein Wentink

Business Unit Director

Jolande Jacobs

Jolande Jacobs

Business Unit Director

Supervisory Board

Meet
our board

Ger Biermans

Ger Biermans

Chairman supervisory board

Mr. Otani

Mr. Otani

Vice-Chairman of the supervisory board

Heleen Kuijten

Heleen Kuijten

Secretary supervisory board

Mr. Umehara

Mr. Umehara

Supervisory board

Mr. Suzuki

Mr. Suzuki

Supervisory board

Strategic partnership

Outsourcing INC.

OTTO Work Force (“OTTO”) has entered into a strategic partnership with OUTSOURCING Inc. (“OSI”). This listed Japanese temporary employment group boasts a strong position within the Asian market. The company is also active in South America, Australia and now increasingly in Europe too. OTTO is the European market leader in international employment services. Staff shortages will only continue to increase during the forthcoming years due to economic growth and an aging population. OTTO effectively contributes to the solution for this major social challenge. Plus the strategic partnership with OSI means OTTO can now provide a global solution. 

Visit OSI website