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UK – REC still pursuing de Poel over Tempo Agency Club

25 July 2012

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) is still pursuing de Poel for clarification on the company’s new Tempo Agency Club. REC said yesterday it had sent a second letter to de Poel this week in response to an initial reply from the Managing Director Joe Tully.

“After further consultation with member agencies the REC is seeking additional clarification on a number of concerns raised by members about the Tempo Agency Club,” the REC said. Questions posed in the latest correspondence include compulsion and who pays for audits, Tempo fees, and conflicts of interest.

The REC is primarily engaging with de Poel “because of some concerns REC members have expressed about Tempo, ultimately members must take their own commercial decision as to what organisations they join or products and services they purchase.”

In response to these latest developments, Joe Tully told Staffing Industry Analysts, “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.

“Tempo is an association of recruitment agencies and hirers designed to help raise industry standards and enable agencies to operate more competitively and efficiently. Therefore, we welcome this opportunity to clarify the benefits of Tempo to REC's members and we are pleased that REC has agreed to meet with us in August to discuss any issues that remain at that time.”

Mr Tully explained also last month that “Tempo is a response to the changing industry landscape, the raised expectations of hirers and a desire to remain competitive at a time when de Poel’s clients are looking for continuous improvements in service standards. We have endeavoured to liaise with all of our agency partners and clients regarding Tempo and we held over 20 agency focus groups, across all parts of the country, to discuss our ideas and to receive feedback.”

The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) cancelled the membership of de Poel last month after considering the firm’s proposition of its recent Tempo Agency Club. The REC first engaged with de Poel in June over initial members’ concerns regarding charges and restrictions relating to the Club.

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