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The Netherlands – Staffing industry to support those “at the bottom of the labour market”

03 February 2012

ABU, the federation of private employment agencies in the Netherlands, has expressed its support of the State Secretary Paul de Krom to integrate those “at the bottom of the labour market”, the unemployed with disabilities, into working life by amending current regulations.  This will see the decentralisation of the labour market as, at present, mainly regional municipalities are responsible for integrating the unemployed into the market, but now this responsibility will be reorganised by the Government. 

Regulations that are now in place often favour those with a better chances of earning a higher salary, i.e. skilled or professional workers, as this would benefit the economy effectively. However, those with lower chances of earning a big pay package are not sufficiently prioritised when it comes to offering them help and support. 

ABU agrees with this scheme to get the more vulnerable working again, however, it demands a clear contribution of the staffing industry in order to do so. "The staffing industry could play a role in getting these groups back to work. The staffing industry firstly harbours excellent (regional and local) knowledge about the labour market, (which could) give them (the unemployed) a clear idea of free vacancies. They also have good connections with many clients that can be taken advantage of," said ABU.

ABU also wants to increase the visibility of job seekers on the labour market so they can be found more easily. Part-time and temporary employment contracts can be an “excellent” opportunity for those trying to gain ground on the labour market, the federation stated.

ABU also stated that the staffing industry in the Netherlands should give access to its resources by offering their expertise and knowledge to those employers working with the target groups. 

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