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France — Government makes staffing agencies part of official employment strategy

25 August 2009

The French Secretary of State for Employment, Laurent Wauquiez, has set three priority objectives for the National Employment Agency 'Pole Emploi' to focus on after the Summer break. However, since 'Pole Emploi' are hopelessly over-worked as it is and unemployment is expected to rise even further his strategy relies heavily on the involvement of private staffing agencies, Le Figaro reports.

The three objectives are: a. eradicate unacceptable waiting time on social security pay, b. actively find out about job opportunities and actively market job seekers, c. address systemic failure to render a good service to employers and job seekers alike.

In order to enable 'Pole Emploi' to cope with the new challenges, the government has hired temporary personnel via temporary staffing agencies for the support of full-time personnel.

Monsieur Wauquiez also hopes to be able to sign a contract with temporary staffing agencies which would allow the agencies to place entire temporary project teams inside the government agency.

These latest developments should be seen before the background that the government has last month commissioned a large number of staffing agencies to find jobs for 320,000 France-based job seekers.



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