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REC invited to take part in EU working group

REC invited to take part in EU working group on industry challenges in the downturn.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has been invited onto a new EU-wide working group focusing on the major challenges facing the recruitment industry across Europe during the economic downturn.

The working group was set up by Eurociett, the representative body for the recruitment industry in Europe, and met for the first time in Stockholm to agree an EU-wide campaign to promote the key role that the industry can play in these difficult economic times.

The fact that temporary staff have borne the brunt of recent job cuts in some countries has resulted political backlash in certain quarters with calls for reregulation in a number of EU Member States where there is just starting to be progress made on the deregulation agenda. This kind of rhetoric may increase in the run-up to the European elections next year and one of the aims of the Eurociett Working Group is to counter such attacks.

Commenting on the need for the industry in Europe to stand strong and respond with a strong collective voice, Eurociett Vice-President Tristan d'Avezac de Moran, says: "Our aim is to provide the arguments and evidence to demonstrate that, with the current economic context continuing to have a severe impact on European labour markets, our industry is making a vital contribution in terms of limiting the impact on overall levels of employment.

Our message to politicians and journalists across Europe is that the industry will also help to accelerate the creation of new jobs when national economies across the EU start to recover".

Commenting on the significance of the new working Group, Tom Hadley, REC Director of External Relations and a member of the Eurociett board, says: In the UK, agency work is clearly seen as part of the solution rather than part of the problem. Real progress has been made across the rest of Europe but we need to continue highlighting the positive contribution of the industry through research and awareness raising campaigns.

Ultimately, it is the negative perception that results in the threat of regulation. The Eurociett working group will also provide opportunities discuss how agencies across Europe can weather the current economic storm. Certainly, the RECs business support services and training activities have been heavily geared towards helping members to compete in the difficult economic climate and it is useful to exchange views and good practice with other federations from across the EU.

The Eurociett Working Group is developing a toolkit of key industry messages backed by EU-wide research that can be used on a national level.

With regards to the overall EU policy agenda post AWD, the REC is currently working with Eurociett on a number of lobbying activities - in particular the campaign to lift restrictions on agency work across Europe which could open real opportunities for our members.

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