What I Do
Marcus Sawyerr is President and Global CEO of YOSS. YOSS is a freelancer platform co-created by The Adecco Group and Microsoft. It is a robust end-to-end solution that gives both enterprises and freelancers the right tools and services to maximize productivity, manage their projects and talents, and harness the benefits of more flexible ways of working.
Most recently, Marcus was President of the Adecco Group X (AGX), The Adecco Group’s digital innovation and incubation unit. AGX is responsible for research and development of emerging technologies and innovative companies, mergers and acquisitions, product development and ultimately bringing new digital strategies and business lines to the world of work. Marcus created AGX within the Adecco Group in July 2016 to develop and execute on the company’s digital strategy.
Marcus spent the early stages of his career in account management, digital software sales and product development, mainly focused on the HR industry. He accumulated over a decade of experience in transforming and innovating across the industry and spent time working in the fields of big data, NLP and applicant tracking software. He then progressed to become the Senior Director of Staffing and Recruiting Group, EMEA at CareerBuilder.
CareerBuilder at the time was the largest online job website in the USA, with leading positions in Europe, LATAM and APAC. Marcus was responsible for managing and developing new business with CareerBuilder's largest Fortune 100 clients.
Marcus has extensive experience in the digital evolution of the entire staffing sector. He has contributed significantly to the development of Digital Innovation within the Adecco Group as the most admired, innovative workforce solutions partner, providing exceptional customer experience through talent and technology. His current priority is on building the most trusted destination for flexible knowledge workers at YOSS.
Marcus has been invited to speak about the future of work and share his perspective on innovation within the world of work and the gig/freelance economy at several conference and events.
Delivering Success While Leading Through Disruption
Microsoft LQ Conference, Anaheim, CA
A Career and Lifestyle Pathway
Linkedin Talen Connect, Anaheim CA
Disruption Today: Online Platforms and Their Impact on Talent Supply Chains
SIA Collaboration in the Gig Economy, Dallas TX
The Emergence of the Online Talent Market (Masterclass)
Beyond HR Forum, Amsterdam NL
Staffing Industry's Response to Brexit and Related Workforce Challenges
One Year On – How are Organisations Responding to Brexit?
Mercer, 1 Tower Place East, London
9 March 2018
Winning with Digital Innovation
The Adecco Group Global Leadership Conference
AI and the Future of Work
Beyond HR Forum, Amsterdam NL
Workplace of the Future
Collision Conference, New Orleans LA
“I've moderated three panels that have involved Marcus; two (at separate events) in which he provided strategic advice and thought leadership to an executive audience of 200+, and one where he was tasked to evaluate startups in a "Shark-Tank"-style format in a keynote session with 800+ attendees. In each, he was thoughtful, engaging, articulate, and provided actionable arguments and insights that attendees overwhelmingly noted in feedback forms as thought provoking and beneficial. Marcus knows the industry and understands technology, and can intelligently articulate his thoughts and difficult concepts in a way that is relevant, nuanced, and meaningful for stakeholders. In short, Marcus is an excellent speaker and distinguished thought leader and it has been a pleasure to work with him. Marcus would be an excellent asset to whatever event was lucky enough to have him."
– David Francis, Former Sr. Research Analyst at Staffing Industry Analysts
"Marcus has been a keynote speaker at two Insight IGNITE Innovation Roundtables in 2017 and again this year. During both of his sessions, we got great feedback from the audience on his energy, presentation style and most importantly the clear insights he delivered on accelerating Digital change.”
– Emmet B. Keeffe III, Founder, Insight IGNITE at Insight Partners
"We were fortunate to have Marcus speak during our SXSW events. He joined fellow panelists to discuss evolving business models in order to find next gen consumers, the panel was incredibly thought-provoking and we were excited to have the opportunity to speak with him more [in our podcast].”
– Aaron Strout, CMO at W2O Group
Podcasts, Videos & Articles
Marcus shares his views on the Future of Work, Digital Innovation & More
The YOSS Journey with Marcus Sawyerr & Insight Venture Partners
Bringing Staffing to the Platform Age
If the world of work is changing, there’s arguably no industry poised to change more over the next few years due to the intersection of technology, workforce demographic changes,
and worker preferences than the staffing industry. Talent Tech Labs interviewed Marcus for their Remote Work Trend Report to learn what this model of work means for the staffing industry and to get a sense of what it’s like running a startup inside one of the world’s largest staffing firms. Read more
How to Make the Most of Your Freelance Talent
Working with independent freelance talent offers an opportunity to flexibly augment your team's ability to propel your company's growth or just get more done more quickly. However, how to grow with the help of freelance talent isn't always that clear. Learn how to get the most out of your freelance employees—and keep them happy, too. Read now
Move Over Gig Economy: The Freelancer Economy is Here to Stay
People commonly use the phrase “gig economy” to refer to the labor market where one can use tech to request freelance workers on short notice for a variety of services, from car rides to event staffing to data science. However, I believe “gig” undermines the careers professionals in this market build, creating a rift between employers and workers—an us-versus-them atmosphere. So, I prefer to call it “the freelancer economy.” Read more
A Quick Guide to Understanding AI’s Impact on the Future of Work
The belief that robots will replace human workers is fairly widespread. But Marcus believes about 47% of jobs might be impacted by AI, but that doesn’t mean the entire job will be eliminated. His estimate is that only about 9 percent of jobs are at risk of full replacement, while the majority will be amplified by AI. In many instances, AI will even create jobs. Read more
How the Gig Economy Will Bring Big Data to Every Market
Data is infinite. Any organization that wants to grow at a meaningful pace would be wise to learn how to leverage the vast amount of data available to drive growth. With so much growth evolving from a seemingly infinite ocean of data, tomorrow’s leading companies will be those that understand how to capture, connect, and leverage information into actionable insight. Read now
An Insider's Guide to Artificial Intelligence: The Future of Work (Video by ContactEngine)
Laura van Beers (Head of AI at ContactEngine) interviews Marcus Sawyerr, CEO of Yoss USA (The Adecco Group), on artificial intelligence used in recruitment today and what could be in store for the future. Watch now
Impacting the World of Work (What 2 Know Podcast by W2O)
Providing flexibility for employees is necessary in today's modern workplace. Marcus Sawyerr, President of Adecco Group X shares the various ways companies can provide this flexibility, the books that are currently inspiring him, and Taekwondo…all in a killer British accent. Listen now
Forbes Leader's Talk: Facilitating the relationship between companies and freelancers
Marcus is a subject matter expert on digital innovation and the world of work. He frequently speaks on the following topics: