Employment agency Abeos acquired its rival Werktijdbv to expand its horizon from eastern to northern parts of the Netherlands, the company said.

Abeos Uitzendbureau, founded in 1963 as an agricultural cooperative in the eastern part of the Netherlands, now has more than 2,800 flex workers. Besides an online presence, the company has 11 offices to provide recruitment, vetting and selection services to the industrial, tech, transport and logistics sectors, reported AgriHolland, citing the company.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Werktijd is not as old as Abeos is, but it dominates northern parts of the country with recruitment, selection and payroll services offered to the industrial and health sectors. It was established in 2001.

“It’s not about storming the markets in the different provinces, but about doing so with policy and in collaboration with parties that are at home in the region,” Abeos director Martin Engbers told Leeuwarder Courant of nationwide coverage.

Werktijdbv’s owners Geke Schuring and Wiep Hoekstra added: “Our own identity will be preserved and the service will continue as we are used to. This applies to customers and staff, who can continue to work from their own locations.”

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