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Eurociett Boards London meeting flags common challenges

Eurociett Boards London meeting flags common challenges and future trends
 
The REC hosted the recent Board meeting of Eurociett the representative body for the recruitment industry in Europe. Discussions focused on recent EU policy announcements on how the economic uncertainty across Europe is impacting on the staffing industry.
 
Specific policy updates focused on how the EU Agency Workers Directive is being implemented in different EU countries and on the European Commissions EU 2020 Strategy which is looking at future skills needs and the changing employment landscape across Europe. REC initiatives such as the Future of Employment Working Group (FEWG) and the Recruitment 2020 campaign will feed into this EU-wide project.
 
The Board meeting coincided with the fifth anniversary of Eurocietts launch as an off-shoot of Ciett,  the representative body for the industry across the world that was launched in 1967.
 
Commenting on the outcome of the meeting in London, Annemarie Muntz, Eurociett President said:
 
At a time of great economic and political uncertainty, it is more important than ever for the industry to come together to exchange views and to build a strong collective voice in Europe. The fifth anniversary of Eurociett is a good time to take stock of the huge progress that has already been made in terms of lobbying campaigns, pro-active research and social dialogue with Trade Unions. The drive and innovation provided by established national federations will continue to build the industrys influence in Brussels and to assist in the development of new markets across Europe.
 
The Board meeting provided an opportunity for Eurociett members to hear about industry trends in the UK and about specific initiatives such as the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP). 
 
Commenting on the latest developments on an EU level, Tom Hadley, REC Director of External Relations and a member of the Eurociett Board, says:
 
Regular dialogue between national federations is essential if we are to influence policy at a European level and have input into high-profile projects such as the EU 2020 strategy. It is also a good way of exchanging good practice in terms of member services and of getting the latest updates on how the industry is faring across Europe.  This kind of information can be a useful starter for UK agencies looking at possible expansion and is one of benefits of belonging to an international network.
 
Eurociett brings together 27 national federations from EU and EFTA countries, and 6 of the largest international staffing companies. Its main objectives are to lead pro-active lobbying campaigns in Europe and to promote the positive role of the private sector recruitment industry. For more information,  go to: www.euro-ciett.org.

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