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UK – Tempo Agency Club causing a stir but remains a mystery

29 June 2012

The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) has cancelled the membership of de Poel after considering the firm’s proposition of its recent Tempo Agency Club, following concerns raised last week by the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

The ARC said that “as a result of the new operational plans at de Poel and its change of status, the ARC has concluded that de Poel’s membership of the ARC is no longer appropriate.” Chairman, Adrian Marlowe, added that de Poel had been informed about the immediate cancellation of its membership. 

In response, Staffing Industry Analysts received the following statement from Joe Tully, Managing Director, at de Poel. “de Poel has always had a good relationship with ARC and we have discussed with them our plans for Tempo.  ARC have informed us that they believe that our plan to operate a trade association is not compatible with our continued membership, and we accept and understand that decision.”

But it remains unclear why de Poel’s Tempo Agency has caused such a stir and Staffing Industry Analysts is still waiting for clarification on the matter, something which will only be made available next week, a spokesperson promised.

When pressed to provide further details on what Tempo Agency comprises, Mr Tully responded via a statement 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 expulsion from the ARC comes after the REC wrote to de Poel last week to relay the concerns of REC members about the new Tempo Agency Club. REC CEO Kevin Green said that various members had “concerns about information they have received from de Poel about charges and restrictions relating to their new Tempo Agency Club.”

de Poel helps companies reduce costs and improve supplier service delivery through a standard pricing structure and service agreements and claims to be the UK's number one procurer of temporary agency labour,  providing a vendor neutral recruitment service.

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