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The two largest staffing firms in the world, Adecco and Randstad, have for the first time hired workers in France under the new “CDI Intermaire” agreement, signed in January 2013 by unions and employers, reports lefigaro.fr.
The labour agreement is intended to increase flexibility and has been largely welcomed by the staffing industry in France. The new contracts, offered by Adecco and Randstad, guarantee the temporary employees a minimum monthly ‘salary’ when they are between two contracts.
This arrangement can be likened to the ‘Pay Between Assignments’ contracts in the UK (more familiarly referred to as ‘Swedish derogation’). Swedish derogation provides an exemption from current UK agency workers regulations regarding equal treatment in relation to pay where a worker is employed permanently by a staffing company, however, the legal background in France is very different with exemption from equal pay obligations not being a driver for the use of these contracts. In Germany and Sweden, all temporary workers have to be employees of the staffing firm.
Alain Dehaze, President of Adecco France, commented: “This new form of contract will reconcile employment security with the flexibility of business development. The CDI Intermaire is a voluntary agreement, which will support the growth of companies by encouraging investment in training.”
Adecco France had previously announced that it intends to create 20,000 CDI Intermaire contracts within the next three years.
François Beharel, President of Randstad France, added: “This new hiring method is a major development in employment.”