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Spain – Big-name recruiters call for new labour reform

25 January 2013

The trade body representing large staffing companies in Spain (AGETT) has called for a new labour reform, saying that many Spaniards have given up the job search in their own country with the younger generations increasingly looking for opportunities abroad.

Changes must be made, AGETT said in a statement to Staffing Industry Analysts. The association – members include staffing giants Adecco, Randstad and Unique – said that new reforms are needed to boost employment policies and make Spain more attractive to foreign companies by allowing greater labour flexibility.

“There is still a lot to do. What we ask for is further developments regarding the labour market,” AGETT said to this publication. “We propose to promote external flexibility especially through temporary work agencies (TWA) because they provide effective workforce solutions that enable employers to seize opportunities and manage fluctuations effectively.

“At the same time, these companies offer to workers a variety of work contracts that meet the new diversity of expectations and attitudes to work. The sector combines the flexibility with the security that workers need.”

The trade body said that “real and effective cooperation” between public and private employment services are needed.” This comes after Spain’s unemployment rate hit a new record, official figures showed on Thursday. The jobless rate jumped to 26% in the three months to December 2012 making 5.97 million people out of work. In the period, youth unemployment topped 55%.

“Our unemployed need special attention and we need to gather our resources in order to offer everyone what they need – orientation, motivation, training – so they can improve their employability and find a job,” AGETT said.

Last year, Spain introduced new labour reforms aimed at boosting the economy after the country sank into recession. The reforms, which led to mass strikes in 2012, make it easier for companies to opt out of collective bargaining agreements and simplify the dismissal process.  

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