Company Press Release
Thursday April 8, 9:00 am, Eastern Time

High Tech Job Kiosks Make Debut in New York

Adecco "Job Shop" Matches New Yorkers With Local Employment Opportunities
First Kiosk Unveiled At The World Trade Center

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 8, 1999-- In a first for the City of New York, Adecco, the Swiss-based global leader in employment services, today unveiled its high tech employment kiosk, Job Shop, at the World Trade Center. The unique job-generating kiosk, located in 4 World Trade Center, exposes New Yorkers to a variety of part-time and full-time local employment opportunities. The New York site marks the 81st kiosk Adecco has unveiled nationally. It is part of the Company's strategic plan to place similar Job Shop kiosks in malls, universities and other high traffic locations in 33 states by the end of this year.

Job Shop kiosks are conveniently located and easy to use, simplifying the process of linking job seekers with the staffing needs of businesses. With self-guiding instructions, Job Shop prompts users to specify the nature of work desired, their schedule and availability, their education, experience, salary requirements, skills and other data - in a process that takes only a few minutes. All the information entered is linked immediately to Adecco's central database, where it is processed by proprietary software programs that screen and match the applicant's interests and skills to specific jobs from among thousands of temporary and full-time positions. A positive match activates trained Adecco professionals who set up an appointment with the candidate to complete the final steps of the screening, testing and placement process.

``This is a great opportunity for Adecco and for people and businesses in New York,'' said Tracy Stearns, Adecco's Tri-State Regional Vice President. ``Job Shop is a `win win' proposition. It can bring more people in touch with even greater choice in pursuing work and their careers, while widening the number of qualified candidates and the scope of staffing services Adecco provides to New York's fast growing businesses.''

The U.S. roll-out of the kiosks followed the successful operation of Job Shop at some 80 locations in Europe. Aside from New York, Adecco's national Job Shop initiative now includes select sites in 22 additional states: California; Washington; Ohio; North Carolina; Kansas; Minnesota; Missouri; Texas; Kentucky; Connecticut; Oregon; Alabama; Florida; Georgia; South Carolina; Virginia; Arizona; Illinois; Maryland; Pennsylvania; Wisconsin and New Jersey. As Job Shop reaches greater U.S. distribution, it is expected to significantly speed up and increase efficiencies in Adecco's recruiting efforts at a time when the challenges of matching staff to the needs of U.S. businesses grow more complex.

``Last year Adecco supplied over 65,000 U.S. businesses with qualified personnel, placing over 36,000 people in New York City alone,'' said Debbie Pond-Heide, Adecco President of North America. ``With record low unemployment, the demand for skilled workers continues to rise. Job Shop, in concert with our web site recruiting programs and proprietary screening and testing systems, is part of Adecco's strategic use of technology and innovation that helps us serve job candidates and our corporate clients even better. In effect, we're developing technological bridges that connect people to jobs with amazing speed and convenience.''

Adecco SA is the global leader in employment services, connecting an average of 400,000 associates with business clients each day through its network of over 16,000 employees and 3,000 offices in 50 countries around the world. Registered in Switzerland, and managed by a multinational team with expertise in markets spanning the globe, Adecco delivers an unparalleled range of flexible staffing and career resources to corporate clients and qualified associates in all major industries and professions. In 1998, the company's revenues grew 34 percent to 15.3 billion Swiss francs (approximately U.S. $10.8 billion). Adecco SA is listed on The Swiss Exchange, the Bourse de Paris and NASDAQ. For additional information, please refer to Adecco's website, located at

     Peter Himler
     (212) 614-4082
     Stuart Miller
     (212) 614-4353

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