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Modernise labour market regulation to stimulate economic growth urge global employment specialists

Experts underline the importance of agile and adaptable labour markets in stimulating economic growth and job creation. In practice, this means removing old-fashioned rigidity and unjustified restrictions concerning legitimate flexible forms of labour.

Meeting in Rome at the Ciett world employment conference, the annual gathering of global employment specialists, industry representatives and stakeholders hear from eminent speakers including the Italian Employment minister Giuliano Poletti OECD Director for Employment Stefano Scarpetta, and Peter Hartz, who came up with the famous Hartz-reforms of the German labour market in 2003-2004. From the European Parliament Gianni Pitella (President of the Socialists & Democrats Group) and Antonio Tajani (Vice-President of the Parliament, European People’s Party) present their views on getting Europe back to work after the crisis, and the role that private employment services can play in doing so. Ronnie Goldberg, Vice-President of the International Organization of Employers provides a global business perspective.

Politicians and policymakers are advised on the subject of stimulus needed to drive growth and jobs:

“Governments around the world should acknowledge the need for a diversity of labour contracts in the labour market of today and tomorrow,” said Annemarie Muntz, President of Ciett, representing the global employment and recruitment industry. “We should abandon the preoccupation with specific types of contracts, and instead focus on how we can enhance the position of workers on the labour market, while supporting the needs of employers. Allowing a mixture of employment types to exist will contribute to growth and competitiveness in today’s volatile markets.”

Observers see seismic shifts ahead for labour markets around the world as the northern hemisphere with its highly developed economies but ageing populations, must reconcile itself with a southern hemisphere often characterised by emerging markets and young, dynamic population growth. Today, only around 42% of formal workers (or less than 20% of the entire working population) has a full-time open-ended contract. All other workers are in “non-standard” forms of employment, according to the ILO.

“We are witnessing job creation and job displacement on an unprecedented scale with 50% of jobs and the workforce churning every two years,” said Hans Leentjes, Ciett Vice-President. “The title of this Conference is significant - “a triple win.” We are here to emphasise the benefits of the triangular relationship between the worker, the client company and the agency. As the employer or service provider, the agency holds a unique insight into the labour market that benefits all parties – which skills are in demand and available, which employers are hiring, and how and where workers want to work. In order to meet the needs of business and provide people with opportunities to work and develop their skills, our industry plays a critical role as a trusted labour market advisor in an ever-changing employment landscape.”

The conference, organized by Ciett’s Italian member federation Assolavoro, is entitled “A triple win: mobility, inclusion and competitiveness - The three gains from the employment & recruitment industry”. It gathers some 200 delegates from Europe, Asia-Pac, Africa and North and South America to discuss global labour market challenges and opportunities.

"We are honoured to host here in Rome this important meeting in which Assolavoro will play a key role in the discussion of issues that are crucial for the private agency work such as mobility, inclusion and competitiveness” said Stefano Scabbio, President of Assolavoro.

"Italy, with its current labour market reforms, represents a model at international level. We will discuss this during our three days Conference, with the aim of sharing good practices and paving the way for the future of work from private agencies’ point of view."

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