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India – Temporary staffing needs proper legislation

19 October 2012

The staffing industry in India has been calling for proper regulation of the market and the European recruiter Gi Group, which has been on an expansion drive in the country this year, is also keen for legislative changes to come underway.

Maurizio Uboldi, International Executive Director at Gi Group, said in an interview with India’s Economic Times that the staffing industry has grown rapidly in the last decade. Therefore legislation is  needed.

“For the smooth functioning of the labour market, it is important to have a flexible workforce which can also help in bringing back some of the professionals into the market,” he said. But there are “many countries” that do not regulate their staffing market, including India.  

“If India gets regulations and legislative measures, we can look forward to an organised temp staffing industry which can help move people from the unorganised sector into the organised sector. India is at number 7 in our internal rankings in terms of turnover and holds a very significant place,” according to Mr Uboldi.

He argued that temporary staffing legislation in India was crucial in driving down the unemployment rate and the number of illegal workers.

“Private staffing agencies working within the legal framework can be key repositories of knowledge on the labour market, and can be of great help to lawmakers. Qualified agencies should also undertake training to improve the employability quotient of the workforce,” he said. 


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