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25 January 2010
The French official government job centres (Pole Emploi) have announced that 74,000 registered job seekers have been handed over to private staffing firms during the period from September 2009 to 31 December 2009 in order to find them employment and remove the bottleneck at the job centres during a time of high unemployment, Le Figaro reports.
Pole Emploi says in a statement that the figure represents a 10% acceleration on the previously envisaged monthly number of job seekers to be handed over to the private sector.
Pole Emploi has allocated 420 million Euro over two years to pay private staffing firms for their services in finding employment for officially registered unemployed people.
31 private staffing agencies were selected by Pole Emploi last year in order to find jobs for 170,000 job seekers classified as 'with difficulties' and to find jobs for a further 150,000 job seekers who had been made redundant.
The handing over of the task of finding jobs for officially registered unemployed people from government job centres to the private sector continues to imply criticism of the lack of efficiency of Pole Emploi and continues to be heavily criticised by a section of Pole Emploi personnel.