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Eurociett meeting highlights new opportunities

Eurociett meeting highlights trends in public/private partnerships and new opportunities for the industry across Europe

The REC was one of the national bodies represented at a Eurociett Board Meeting in Amsterdam this week which agreed common positions on a series of EU policy issues and provided the latest feedback on the state of the industry across Europe

It emerged that a key trend is the increasing partnership between public employment services and the private sector recruitment industry in a number of European countries. This mirrors the co-operation in the UK between the REC and Jobcentre Plus.

Discussions also focused on how national federations can learn from each other and provide practical support measures for their members. The RECs Help Campaign and the new help-line launched by the Dutch Federation (ABU) were flagged up as examples of best practice in this area.

Commenting on the meetings outcome of this weeks meeting in Amsterdam Tom Hadley, REC Director of External Relations and a Eurociett Board member said:
With the industry across Europe continuing to feel the squeeze, it is more important than ever to exchange views on practical support measures for agencies and on new market opportunities. Increased co-operation with the public sector is a definite trend in a number of countries and highlight the growing recognition for the role that the industry plays within the labour market.

Our links with federations across Europe will also help our lobbying on the current AWD consultation by providing a practical insight into how equal treatment provisions currently operate in other countries.

Eurociett is the representative body for the recruitment industry in Europe, comprising different national Federations and six multi-national recruitment businesses.

A number of the issues mentioned above will be covered at the forthcoming annual CIETT conference in Lisbon on May 25 27 2009. The REC has been invited to lead specific workshop sessions on how the industry can weather the current economic storm and on seizing new opportunities in the public sector at the highly-skilled end of the market. For more information visit


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