Arif was 38 years old when he developed CFS. A correct diagnosis was not made until nine years later after he had been treated unsuccessfully for a long time for supposed depression. At the time of his illness, the Pakistani-born entrepreneur had been a “grateful holder of German citizenship” for some time, as he himself writes. Arif’s company, outsourcing4work, was founded in 1993, has its address in the Tann estate in Darmstadt, Germany. It places IT specialists from India, for example for programming work. For about ten years outsourcing4work has been working “fully remotely” says Arif, i.e. without the employees being present at a fixed workplace. “Our team consists of more than 1OO employees living in 17 countries,” says company founder and CEO Nadeem Arif.
This is how company spokeswoman Martina Stoecker reports from South Africa. Born in Mannheim, Germany, she has been living near Cape Town for the last 20 years. “My colleague in PR Gabriela is in Tunis, Tunisia,” she says cheerfully. “We have great teamwork. Since January, outsourcing4work has doubled the number of employees. We are currently expanding in the Netherlands, Belgium and Sweden. Through the Pandemic of Covid-19, work has become much more flexible.” The company does not give sales figures but says it has been making profits for years. Making no distinction between permanent employees and freelancers.