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UK – REC seeking legal advice over de Poel affair

30 August 2012

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is continuing to seek answers from de Poel over its much-debated Tempo Agency Club after the company cancelled a meeting “at short notice” last week.

The association said today it had written twice to de Poel Ltd outlining issues some members have brought forward about its proposals, “but to date de Poel has not been able to resolve these legitimate concerns,” REC criticised.

According to de Poel, Tempo is an association of recruitment agencies and hirers designed to help raise industry standards and enable agencies to operate more competitively and efficiently.

“Our members have real concerns about being asked to pay for an auditing service which de Poel should provide on behalf of its clients from the margin they charge them,” said REC chief executive, Kevin Green says.

“Our members are clear that they don't have any problem being audited but they don't understand why the client is not paying for this activity. A number of members have also told us they are worried about whether they will be able to continue supplying via de Poel if they do not agree to pay the fees needed to join Tempo or for the additional audit.

“There is also a concern about conflicts of interest inherent in de Poel acting as a kind of representative body for both recruiters and end users while having a commercial relationship with both parties. Our members are also questioning the independence of the advice and guidance available as part of the Tempo offering for the same reason.

“We hope to meet with de Poel soon to have a proper discussion about our members' concerns and to get some clarity on this new proposition. In the meantime, we are seeking legal advice on the matter,” Mr Green said. He advised REC members to ultimately make “their own commercial decision as to which organisations they join or products and services they purchase.”

Last month de Poel’s managing director Joe Tully said in a statement to Staffing Industry Analysts that “We are engaging with REC on any questions they may have on Tempo on behalf of their members and we will of course continue to help them to respond to any further queries they may have.”

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