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Europe – Temporary work research project launched by Eurociett and UNI Europa

18 December 2013

Eurociett (European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies) and UNI Europa, a Switzerland-based global union representing more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions, are launching their new joint project aiming at comparing temporary agency work with other forms of employment in the labour market.

As part of their 2013/2014 work programme for the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee on temporary agency work, Eurociett and UNI Europa will conduct the project, co-financed by the European Commission, for the next 12 months. 

The project consists of three main elements: external research, an EU stakeholders’ meeting, and a pan-European conference. 

The external research aims at providing quantitative and qualitative data on the role of temporary agency work in the labour market in a comparative way, vis-à-vis other relevant forms of work, for example fixed-term contracts and self-employment.  

The comparison will be done on a series of dimensions that include:

  • The respective share in the labour market of temporary agency work, fixed-term contracts and self-employment;
  • Their ability to represent themselves in the labour market through organised bodies/social partners and through the provision of reports, statistics and data about them;
  • Regulation of the different forms of work;
  • Access to social security (healthcare, unemployment, sickness benefits);
  • Occupational health and safety provision and practices;
  • Access to vocational training;
  • Social dialogue and collective labour agreements;
  • Their impact in terms of labour market participation.

Complementing the EU-wide data, the research will produce national and/or sectoral specific case studies that Eurociett and UNI Europa will select based on the availability of data and information and relevance.

In order to carry out the research, Eurociett and UNI Europa are publishing a call for tenders to select the external consultant that will closely work with Eurociett and UNI Europa. The call for tenders is published on both Eurociett and UNI Europa’s websites. All submissions should be sent by registered mail or by hand, addressed to the attention of:

Mr Denis Pennel,

Managing Director of Eurociett

Tour & Taxis building

Avenue du Port 86c - Box 302

B-1000 Brussels 

The deadline for submission is Friday 31 January 2014. Tenders received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration. 

Along with the research, two key events will be part of the project. The EU stakeholders’ meeting will gather EU experts from the EU institutions and agencies, university, think tanks to provide additional information and feedback as a way to enrich the content of the research. 

The pan-European conference will be the final event gathering around 100 participants, where Eurociett and UNI Europa will outline the key messages of the research and will issue their joint recommendations.


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