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Netherlands – Staffing firms help unemployed

29 October 2012

The Federation of Private Employment Agencies (ABU) is signing an agreement today with a public body to help find jobs for young people with a disability, older jobseekers and those unemployed for more than three months.

In the presence of a senior EU official, ABU is signing the agreement on Monday with the UWV, a Dutch agency where the unemployed register to claim their benefits. The two parties have partnered before to find jobs for the unemployed.

To strengthen their cooperation, the agreement will set out new projects in order to help those more vulnerable gain ground in the labour market. A current system allows the UWV to view vacancies via the website www.werk.nl , the majority of which are offered by staffing firms.     

The cooperation between ABU and the UWV has been hailed as outstanding. “There are no other countries where public authorities work so closely with private companies,” said Michael Ardon of the UWV.  

The agreement could set an example to other EU countries and the Director of Employment Services of the European Commission, Wallis Goelen, will be present at today’s signing. 

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