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Germany — Chemical giant Bayer sells in-house staffing agency

16 February 2010

In the wake of the so-called Schlecker scandal, when Europe's largest drugstore chain hired staff from an in-house temporary staffing agency in order to undercut sector negotiated minimum wages, the chemical giant Bayer has decided to sell its in-house staffing agency Job@ctive GmbH to staffing agency Hanfried Personaldienstleistungen GmbH of Hamburg.

Job@ctive has offices in Bayer's home town Leverkusen as well as in Berlin and Frankfurt. The in-house staffing agency was founded in 2001 in order to utilise ex-Bayer trainees and staff who had been made redundant on a staffing agency basis.

The Schlecker scandal has been unusually high-profile in Germany and serious pressure from the highest echelons of politics and society made the drugstore chain change its policy and no longer use temporary staff from its in-house staffing agency Meniar at almost half the pay.
The scandal has highlighted the wide-spread malpractice of German companies to use in-house staffing agencies to reduce pay. As a consequence, the temporary staffing sector in general and the in-house temporary staffing sector in particular have suffered in terms of reputation.

Job@ctive will continue to operate under its own brand within Hanfried. Dr. Tim Eifler, Director at Hanfried, said "Hanfried and Job@ctive have a different history but very similar business models. Both companies have a policy of treating staff fairly and communicating openly."



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