Remuneration policy

The main objective of the remuneration policy is to attract, motivate, and retain qualified senior executives of the highest caliber, who have an international mindset and the background required for the successful leadership and effective management of a large global company. The members of the Executive Board are rewarded accordingly, and most of their remuneration is based on Randstad's performance. The remuneration structure for the Executive Board is therefore designed to balance short-term operational performance with the long-term objectives of the company and value creation for its shareholders.

Remuneration levels are determined on the basis of a number of clear, transparent criteria, and reflect general as well as specific individual responsibilities in an international context. They are benchmarked against an international labor market peer group regarding fixed salary levels, and against an international performance peer group to establish relative performance:

  • The international labor market peer group represents the market in which Randstad competes for senior management talent, and is used to benchmark fixed salary levels. It is composed of international staffing and business services companies, reflecting Randstad's international scope. They are Adecco SA, Rentokil Initial Plc, Cap Gemini SA, Atos Origin SA, Robert Half International Inc, LogicaCMG Plc, Manpower Inc, Kelly Services Inc, Michael Page International Plc, Hays Plc, TUI AG, G4S Plc, and Sodexo Group SA;
  • The international performance peer group is used as a benchmark to establish relative performance in terms of Total Shareholder Return (TSR) for the payout of the long-term incentive plan. It reflects the market in which the company competes for shareholder preference. This group is composed solely of staffing companies, and can therefore be characterized as 'sector-specific'. It consists of Adecco SA, Kelly Services Inc, Trueblue Inc, Manpower Inc, Robert Half International Inc, USG People NV, Michael Page International Plc, Hays Plc, and Groupe Synergie SA.
  • In addition, as an extra check, total compensation levels are benchmarked annually against a peer group of companies listed on the AEX index (consisting of large companies listed on Euronext Amsterdam).

The last update of the remuneration policy was approved by the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on March 28, 2013.