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14/09/2015 | Paris

On Monday, 14 September 2015, Xavier Chéreau, Executive Vice President Human Resources at PSA Peugeot Citroën and Alain Roumilhac, Chairman of ManpowerGroup entered into an agreement to form a groundbreaking partnership to secure the career paths of 300 agency workers who will be assigned to work at PSA Peugeot Citroën's production facilities. This partnership builds on the existing alliance between the two groups, which until now focused on standard temporary work. By the end of 2015, Manpower will have hired 100 employees on permanent agency contracts for assignment at the Sochaux plant. The agency aims to take on a further 100 in 2016 to form part of a new weekend team for the Mulhouse plant and an additional 100 for PSA's various plants in 2017.

These permanent agency contracts, which aim to guarantee long-term employment both at PSA Peugeot Citroën plants and in the surrounding areas via regional mobility platforms, will improve flexibility at the Group's plants and enhance its economic performance as a result.

A study will be conducted at the Sochaux plant to assess flexibility requirements at the various stages of the car manufacturing process and to bridge the transition from internal job postings at PSA Peugeot Citroën plants to external assignments in the surrounding communities. The findings will be used to define methods that can be applied at the Group's other plants in France.

This partnership is fully consistent with the agreement signed between temporary employment agencies and trade unions on 10 July 2013 aimed at securing the career paths of agency workers. This agreement was later reinforced by the French Act of 17 August 2015 on social dialogue and employment, which sets out the legislative provisions applicable to permanent agency contracts. The partnership is therefore aligned with the French government's drive to reform the labour market.

Commenting on the partnership,

Xavier Chéreau said: "A commitment to people and society is vital for a company's economic performance. I am delighted that PSA has signed this groundbreaking partnership, which will enable us to meet our social responsibility goals by giving people access to a permanent employment contract. We have worked closely with Manpower to develop new solutions that benefit workers while contributing to PSA's goal of getting back in the race and competing against the best."

Alain Roumilhac said: "This innovative, forward-thinking partnership with PSA illustrates our shared vision for this new type of employment, prioritising both our workers' long-term employability and our clients' economic performance. This collaboration is a testament to ManpowerGroup's ability to support companies in adapting their HR strategy and achieving their goals in this area."

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