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Spain – Unique strengthens public sector work

12 July 2012

The temporary staffing agency Unique, part of the Dutch recruiter USG People, has been given authorisation by the Ministry of Employment and Social Security to collaborate with public employment services in the country, the firm said yesterday.

Unique is only a handful of staffing firms which have been granted this authorisation, allowing the company to provide career services to jobseekers. Recently its competitor ManpowerGroup has won a job centre contract, which enables the firm to offer workplaces to the unemployed.

The recent labour reforms in February have made the Spanish labour market more flexible and increases recruitment firms’ opportunities in the job market.

“This decision was welcomed in our industry because it is something that in other European countries has been [going on] for years,” said Javier Ayuso, CEO of Unique.

This follows an earlier statement by Unique which said that private employment agencies in Spain can actively help to cut down unemployment in a country strained by economic uncertainty.

This week, the head of the European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Eurociett) also warned that national restrictions on using agency workers in some sectors, including Spain, are damaging the European economy. 

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