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World – Ciett pledges to improve global labour market by boosting job growth and helping youth

25 May 2012

Today sees the last day of the World Employment Conference in London organised by the international confederation of private employment agencies Ciett, which pledged to build “better functioning labour markets around the world” by boosting job growth and helping young people into the jobs market.

Ciett said that private employment agencies can make a real difference and improve conditions on the labour market despite high unemployment rates.

Speaking at the conference, Fred van Haasteren, Ciett President, said “Our vision is to live in a world where there is a job for every person, and a person for every job. That might seem far off when countries are re-entering recession and high unemployment prevails but private employment services can make a difference by securing a better and faster match between available work and skills.”

Although he admitted that these pledges sound ambitious and far-fetched, he maintained that “they represent just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what our industry could achieve with the right regulatory environment.”

This, Ciett said, will be driven by a series of initiatives over the next five years, committing its members to the following:

  • Support 280 million people in their job life
  • Help 75 million young people enter the labour market
  • Up-skill 65 million people, giving them more work choices
  • Create 18 million more jobs
  • Serve 13 million companies with the right talents to succeed

“More than ever, intermediaries are needed in the labour market to facilitate access to work. Even though global unemployment is at a record high, millions of job vacancies remain unfilled,” added Denis Pennel, Ciett Managing Director.

He said that private employment agencies can provide an “entry port to the labour market and offering a stepping stone to permanent contracts.”

Ciett represents the interests of private employment agencies across the world and corporate members include Adecco, GI Group, Kelly Services, ManpowerGroup, Randstad and USG People on top of 47 national federations. 


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