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Germany – Staffing firms discriminated

16 January 2013

After Germany’s federal employment agency this week criticised the increased use of temporary staffing services by job centres in the country, the staffing industry hit back against the claims which it says could foster discrimination against recruiters.

The German public employment service said it will review its partnership with the temporary staffing industry after new research found that the number of unemployed people placed into temporary agency jobs had risen dramatically in recent years.  This development was deemed “unsustainable” by the authority.

“It is unacceptable that job placements into temporary agency work will become second-class job placements,” warned head of the German association of staffing companies, Volker Enkerts.

“We will not accept planned discrimination against temporary staffing firms in the future,” he said.

Mr Enkerts argued that the federal employment agency should treat staffing firms in the same way as other companies. He emphasised that it is because of staffing business that many long-term unemployed find jobs at all and therefore improve labour market integration.

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