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Netherlands – Over 500 recruiters suspected of violations

27 July 2012

In the first half of the year around 560 employment agencies have been suspected of violating collective labour agreements. This is according to new figures published by the SNCU, a foundation monitoring compliance in the Dutch staffing industry.

It also said it made progress in detecting rogue agencies through increased cooperation with public and private institutions. The SNCU has launched a national hotline as part of a Government-led package of measures initiated by the Social Affairs Minister Henk Kamp. This allows members of the public to report suspicious staffing firms, uncovering cases of illegal labour, exploitation and tax fraud.

A Parliamentary debate recently revealed that 50 employment agencies are being investigated, following several arrests made this year.

The Minister amp plans to bring the number of rogue agencies in the country down to zero within the next two years. As part of this move, staffing firms in the Netherlands recently had to start listing in a trade register to increase transparency within the industry. 

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