Kelly Services

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Kelly Services 

Kelly Services is a global leader in workforce management solutions offering staffing services to top companies across a variety of industries and each year, Kelly connects more than 500,000 people to the world of work. 

Founded in 1946

Kelly Services was founded in the USA in 1946 by William Russell Kelly, a pioneer in the temporary employment and recruitment sector in 1946 in the United States of America.


In 1968 Kelly Services opened its first office in Toronto, Canada. In 1972 started in Europe namely in Paris, France. Currently, Kelly Services is present in 39 countries and has been operating in Portugal since 2008.

Employee numbers

Kelly Services has approximately 7,000 employees and in 2017 provided employment to more than 500,000 people.

Listed company

Kelly Services is listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange (KELYA, KELYB).

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Vision, Character and Values

Our Vision:

To be the most creative, insightful, and agile talent company, committed to uniting vital talent with great organizations where, together, we thrive.

Our Character:

We are authentic, the industry founder. We believe in relationships, not transactions. We value teamwork, realizing that we are stronger together than as individuals. We take seriously the promises we make. We are passionate, dedicated and driven to excel. With us it has never been about being the biggest. It has always been about being the best and doing the right thing. 

At our core, we are a community. Each day we welcome into our community the varied talents of all people who embrace our culture of service, teamwork and integrity. We offer the opportunity to work with the best companies in the world, and to make a difference in the communities in which we live and work.

Our Values:

We are judged, collectively and individually, by the return we provide to our shareholders. We choose to provide that return with the following values:

  • We are personally responsible for our actions, outcomes and reputation.
  • We build strong relationships and create Kelly advocates for life.
  • We own and resolve customer and candidate issues with urgency.
  • We treat every customer, employee and supplier with respect and integrity.
  • We continuously seek opportunities to innovate and improve the Kelly experience.