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REC welcomes 120 new members

REC welcomes 120 new members

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional association representing the UKs private recruitment industry, has announced more than 120 recruitment businesses have become members in the first three months of 2009.

These new members represent a wide range of recruitment interests from larger agencies to SMEs, many of whom specialise in the higher end niche sectors of the jobs market.

This comes after the REC welcomed three of the UKs largest companies, Reed, Hays and Michael Page International into membership late last year.

As well as the new members, the REC has received more than 500 inquiries about membership, the highest number since 2004 when new employment agency regulations came into force.

Kevin Green, the RECs Chief Executive, said of the figures: Recruiters are clearly realising the value of belonging to their trade organisation which is committed to representing their interests at all levels of government.

This recession is particularly difficult for the recruitment industry and we are helping to guide and support members through the downturn by providing a comprehensive range of world-class services. This involves campaigning on their behalf on current issues such as the Agency Workers Directive, a proposed pensions scheme for temporary workers and a review of employment agency act regulations which includes a focus on permanent recruitment.

We are heartened that so many businesses are seeking professional representation by joining the REC. We have refocused our products and services over the past few months and this is a clear indication that potential members can now see the benefits.


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