Our story

1975–1994

From a small office in Delft in The Netherlands, graduate engineer Jan Brand finds a temporary job for a fellow engineer. This first placement is the beginning of an era in worldwide temporary employment. With its emphasis on finding temporary jobs for highly qualified technical specialists, Brand’s company (called Multec) is contributing to the stability of local and international labour markets. Success comes quickly, and in 1987 Multec opens its first foreign office in Antwerp. The company flourishes and grows, diversifying into new markets, and even non-engineering activities, always adapting to cultural and legislative differences along the way. In 1989 our thriving company is renamed Brunel, after innovative British engineering genius Isambard Kingdom Brunel. 

Staying true to the principle of ‘specialists placing specialists’, which is in our DNA, in 1989 Brunel extends its capacity to include the categories of ICT, legal, finance and insurance & banking.

1995–present

The international oil and gas sector has always made use of flexible labour, and in 1995 we form Brunel Energy – one of our fastest growing areas. The success of Brunel Energy is a superb example of the enterprising spirit of Brunel and the people it places. With characteristic perseverance and ingenuity, Brunel goes from strength to strength, launching operations in Scotland, Texas, Canada, Singapore, Australia and Germany. As well as providing outstanding local temporary employment through Brunel, Brunel Energy is now able to provide all of the major international oil and gas companies with highly qualified technical personnel. 

In 1997, 22 years after its founding, Brunel’s success means we’re a major player in the temporary employment sector. Brunel is listed on the stock exchange, and investors recognise us as a company with enormous potential for strong future growth. Then in 2000, thanks to impressive profits and growth, Brunel is listed on the Next Prime Segment and the Amsterdam Small Cap Index (AScX). 

We are now expanding rapidly, and the number of offices we own in multiple countries continues to grow. With rapid growth comes restructure, and in 2000 Jan Arie van Barneveld is appointed CEO of Brunel, ready to lead the company in its new phase. The backbone of this new strategy will be operational excellence, based on streamlined IT, control and reporting systems, and highly organised administration. As the oil and gas sector grows, Brunel Energy grows with it, ready and able to provide outstanding worldwide service.  

By 2010 Brunel has an annual turnover of €730 million, and an international network of 90 offices in 32 countries, with
8,000 employees. In 2011 trading begins in share options of Brunel International NV on NYSE Liffe, the Europe-based derivatives business of NYSE Euronext. By the time we reach 2015, we are proud to have 11,000 employees, 104 offices across 37 countries, and an annual turnover of €1.229 million.

In the fall of 2017, Jilko Andringa is appointed CEO at Brunel. With over 20 years' international experience in our field, Jilko is ready to begin a new phase with Brunel.  


Brunel & Sailing 

With our company founder Jan Brand’s passion for sailing, it’s no surprise that Brunel is associated with the sport. The challenge, excitement and teamwork of sailing reflects our culture perfectly; after all, teamwork means people – and people are at the heart of what we do.

In 1997 we sponsor the world’s longest globe-circling regatta – the exciting Whitbread Race. Then in 2005 we sponsor the Brunel team in the Volvo Ocean Race, which attracts media from all over the world. In 2014, we were the main sponsor of a team in the Volvo Ocean Race, showing that we’re always up for an exciting international challenge, both on and off the water! And in the 2017-2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, Brunel is the main sponsor of Team Brunel again.