Social Innovation Stories

ABU

ABU Met Elkaar

As the Covid-19 crisis hit the Netherlands in March 2020 and measures were taken to try to contain the outbreak of the pandemic, some sectors had no more work to offer while there was plenty to do in other sectors. The Dutch national federation for the agency work sector, ABU, created a LinkedIn group “ABUmetalkaar” to enable quick reallocation of workers across sectors.

  • #Decent Work & Fighting Informality

  • #Active Labour Market Policies

  • #Job Mobility

  • #Covid19

The challenge

As the Covid-19 crisis hit the Netherlands in March 2020, some sectors like hospitality had no more work to offer while there was plenty to do in other sectors. Supermarkets needed to be supplied, hospitals had to keep running and harvests in agriculture and horticulture could not wait.

Solution

The Dutch national federation for the agency work sector, ABU, created a LinkedIn group “ABUmetalkaar” to connect its members who had agency workers that were available to those who needed to find staff. Leveraging the digital platform enabled for quick reallocation of workers in a rapidly evolving situation.

The ABU also used the “ABUmetelkaar” tagline on their website and social media to promote concrete stories of such reallocation of workers and share how user companies coped with the crisis thanks to the support of the private employment services agencies.

Key numbers

50

% of workers re-allocated

16000

workers finding work in essential sectors

Resources
Outcomes

Of the 45.000 temporary workers who lost their job until the beginning of April, 22.000 have been reassigned to a new position (16.000 of them in an essential sector) therefore avoiding unemployment and enabling sectors to keep running.

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