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In spite of the European Union's Directive of November 2008, which urges all EU member countries to remove all unjustified barriers to entry for temporary employment agencies, Spanish temporary employment agencies are still prevented from operating in areas such as the construction industry, the health sector and public administration, Spanish daily Expansion reports.
Temporary employment agencies are also not allowed to recruit permanent employees.
In 2008 the European Union has urged all member countries to review all barriers to entry for temporary employment agencies over a period of three years and verify that these are not unjustified.
The European Union has equally reminded Spain that as a country with almost 20% unemployment, youth unemployment near the 40% mark and an uncertain end to the current recession, Spain should really get on with these reviews.
The head of the Spanish Association of Large Employment Agencies (Agett), Francisco Aranda, has recently been appointed as Vice-President of the European Temporary Employment Agency Association (Eurociett), in order to enable him to push for the freeing up of the Spanish labour market for temporary employment agencies.
To read a list of percentages of new jobs found by temporary employment agencies versus the government's job centres (INEM, now re-branded as SEPE) in the various different regions of Spain, please click here