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The International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (Ciett) has said that staffing firms are key allies in tackling youth and long-term unemployment and should be acknowledged as such in order to improve labour market participation and the functioning of job markets.
It called on the G20 leaders to fully recognise the positive impact of private employment services in fighting unemployment and urged countries to adopt appropriate regulations.
Ciett said that the role private employment services play in labour markets can be improved through targeted reforms. It therefore supports the B20, which represents the business community at the G20 process and recently urged governments to reform labour markets in order to provide better access to employment for jobseekers, incentives to job search and transitions to formal work. Jeffrey A. Joerres, ManpowerGroup Chairman and CEO, yesterday co-chaired the B20 task force in Los Cabos, Mexico.
“Private employment services are an ally in the fight against unemployment and informal work. They represent an entry port into the labour market for many people that, without their contribution, would not be able to find a job,” the association said. It went on to say that employment agencies do not only play a critical part in helping people find work, but also offers a “stepping-stone” for those who are already in employment by providing new opportunities, training and career guidance.
Ciett also argued that private employment services should be allowed to offer “the full range of HR services” including permanent recruitment, the provision of dual learning schemes and outplacement, as well “all types of labour contracts to better suit the diversity of needs and profiles in the labour market.” Cooperation between private and public employment services should also be increased, Ciett argued.