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APSCo membership leaps 25%

APSCo membership leaps 25% since January 2009

 Three new affiliates among the increase

Membership of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has increased by 25% since its inception in January 2009, from 134 to 168 members, including three new affiliates.

On January 1 2009 the Association of Technology Staffing Companies (ATSCo) re-launched as the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), following its decision to admit members from other professional staffing sectors outside IT and engineering. The Forum of Professional Recruiters merged with APSCo on January 1st 2009.

APSCo has admitted a significant number of new members since January who operate in areas outside of IT and engineering. Among these are Joslin Rowe, a specialist financial recruiter, Robert Walters, which recruits throughout the professions, and Sellick Partnership, which is active in the financial, legal and education recruitment markets.

APSCo has also increased the number of its affiliates by three since January. The new affiliates are the law firm Hammonds, accountants Danbro, and umbrella service provider OrangeGenie.

Ann Swain, Chief Executive of APSCo, comments: The rapid growth in membership since the creation of APSCo vindicates our decision to broaden our remit to represent the entire professional staffing industry. This is the fastest period of expansion we have ever undertaken.

With the Government consulting on implementation of the Temporary Agency Workers Directive (TAWD) in the UK, and with proposals to amend the recruitment agency Conduct Regulation also on the drawing board, it is increasingly important that the professional staffing industry speaks with a united and clear voice.

She adds: The enlarged membership affords better networking opportunities and our series of overseas trade delegations, which are planned for Singapore and Brazil this year, are also proving a major draw for new members looking to take advantage of business opportunities in fast growing markets overseas as the UK market contracts.

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