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REC launches new-look National Temporary Workers Week 2009

REC launches new-look National Temporary Workers Week 2009
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the trade association for the UKs private recruitment industry, has announced plans for its flagship event, National Temporary Workers Week, which runs from June 1-5.

This year, the weeks highlight will be the third REC Agency Summit focusing on the EUs Agency Workers Directive which the Government is putting out to public consultation shortly. This gives a whole new dimension to the weeks activities and provides added significance to this years campaign.

Now in its ninth year, REC members will be holding events throughout National Temporary Workers Week to salute the contribution made by their temporary staff and to raise awareness of the crucial role they play within the UKs job market.

Around 1.2 million temporary, interim and contract staff go out on assignment each week through recruitment agencies.

As part of the weeks activities, agencies will be writing to their MPs inviting them to visit their offices during the week. This is so they can see first hand how valuable agency workers are in keeping thousands of UK businesses on track at a difficult time and how flexible working can provide another work option for jobseekers to seriously consider.

Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive, explained: Much has changed within the recruitment landscape over the past year. Some people choose to work on a temporary basis to fit in with their busy lifestyle and an increasing number are now coming back into the jobs market through this particular route.

It is more important than ever to highlight the tremendous contribution our temporary, interim and contract workers make to the economy.

We must therefore ensure that forthcoming regulations such as the EUs AWD do not add cost and bureaucracy in a way that could limit the opportunities that temporary, interim and contract work provide. MPs will be invited to visit agencies during the week to raise their awareness of how temporary and contract work operate and the challenges that recruiters face in the current climate.

The Agency Summit will be held on Thursday June 4 at the East Wintergarden, Canary Wharf, London.

Full details of the week, its events and how to get involved are now available on the website,

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