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Spain – President announces changes for staffing companies

22 February 2013

In the state of the nation address this week, Spanish president Mariano Rajoy announced that staffing firms will be able to offer training and apprenticeships contracts in a move to increase the employability of workers.

He said this measure could improve “intermediations” between employment services. Spain has been hit hard by high unemployment rates with thousands of jobseekers leaving the country to find employment abroad.

Young people in particular are struggling to find jobs in Spain and youth unemployment remains one of the highest in Europe. The president therefore announced an incentive for companies to hire young people in the form of new part-time labour contracts for jobless young people.

The trade federation representing the Spanish staffing industry, ASEMPLEO, welcomed the announcement. “People under 25 represent the 50% of our hired population, so our expertise [in] introducing this group into employment is more than demonstrated. ASEMPLEO strongly believes that this option would improve the integration of young people into employment, and would have immediate effects.”

“At this point, cooperation between public and private employment services is essential. But this cooperation needs to be defined in terms of efficiency, transparency and with the main objective of enhancing unemployed people’s employability so they can finally find a job.”

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