Over 60 years of ManpowerGroup,

Over 60 years of innovation… Read our story.


Elmer Winter and Aaron Scheinfeld, both attorneys, have a deadline for a project and need additional administrative staff. Because no obvious solution is at hand, the 2 pioneers found Manpower, the world’s first recruitment agency. The very first office was founded in Milwaukee, Illinois, in the north of USA. 


Manpower expands its activities throughout the United States.


First activities in the United Kingdom.


The launch of activities in France.


Manpower launches the ‘employment barometer’, recognised worldwide as one of the most important employment forecasts.


Manpower begins activities in Asia


The famous ‘Vitruvian man’ logo is introduced, reflecting the fact that people are at the centre of Manpower’s activities


Activities start up in South America


Launch of activities in Belgium


Manpower introduces the Predictable Performance System. This unique system summarises the job application process and reveals the parameters for matching jobs to the right people. This system came to form the foundations for Manpower’s ISO 9000 quality programme.


Manpower introduces Skillware. This training programme guides millions of employees worldwide in the world of computers.


Manpower introduces Ultradex™, an exclusive programme for recruiting labourers and guaranteeing the quality, productivity and reliability of their work.


Manpower Belgium receives ISO 9001 certification.


Takeover of Elan Group, Ltd., one of Europe’s largest independent recruitment agencies in the IT domain.


Manpower launches Borderless Talent Solutions in anticipation of increased mobility on the labour market.


The Manpower employment barometer is expanded to 18 countries, including Belgium.


Takeover of Right Management Consultants, world leader in HR and organisational consultancy.


Manpower launches a partnership with the Chinese government, a world first. The partnership develops HR strategies which are fully aligned with the specific dynamics of the growing Chinese market.


Launch of a new brand identity and logo. With this global rebranding, Manpower clearly positions itself as a leader in the ever-changing world of work. Manpower Belgium is presented with the Safety Award, presented by the High Council for Prevention and Protection at Work. The prize rewards Manpower’s efforts to improve the safety of temporary workers.


Manpower celebrates its 60 years of existence, over this period it has become a world leader in HR. On the occasion of this anniversary, the three CEOs Elmer Winter, Mitchell Fromstein and Jeff Joerres share more about the history of Manpower. Click here for their account.


Manpower Belgium receives the Cap 48 Award for the project Manpower Unlimited, designed to promote the integration of people with an employment disability. The activities of Manpower Luxembourg are linked to those of Manpower Belgium.


Manpower acquires TAPFIN, world leader in innovative solutions for workforce optimisation.


At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Jeff Joerres (President & CEO of ManpowerGroup) announces the coming of the Human Age, in which human talent forms the basis for growth and differentiation in companies.


ManpowerGroup is formed and its activities divided up into 4 brands: Manpower, ManpowerGroup Solutions, Experis and Right Management.