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Annemarie Muntz, Head of the European Association of Staffing Agencies (Eurociett) told Italian daily 'il Sole 24 ore' prior to a labour market conference in Rome at the weekend about the weird and paradoxical situation the European labour market is confronted with. She said, "there are 20 million unemployed in Europe and 7 million vacant job offers. The markets which are suffering most are those which have not yet confronted real labour market reforms."
Gennaro delli Santi Cimaglia, Head of the Association of Recruitment Agencies (Assolavoro) said, "staffing agencies have transformed themselves into a partner on all levels from research to selection, to professional training to administration and even outplacement."
It is widely recognised that both staffing agencies and job seekers need to adapt to the changed labour market conditions. Marco Ceresa, Head of Randstad Italia said, "there are many people who don't want or can't do certain jobs. In the first case, there is very little we can do. In the second case we can do something about the candidate's professional training."
Whilst the Italian labour market is beginning to see a slow revival, professional placements look very different now compared to the times before the economic crisis.
Stefano Scabbio, CEO of Manpower Italy says, "since the end of July there has been a slight improvement in the market but temporary employment jobs last for a very short period of time now, 15 days at the most."
Vacancies mentioned are engineers, economics graduates who actually want to work in companies and chemical and mechanical engineers. There is also a shortage of waiters in the country.
According to Signor Ceresa job seekers lack of flexibility is not the only problem. He said that, "agencies have to deal with the fact that television has created a lot of false ideas about what is a desirable job and universities are pre-programming students for certain jobs and not for others."