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World – Staffing industry meets at global conference

23 May 2013

Last week's Ciett World Employment Conference 2013 in Toronto brought together industry representatives from over 30 countries. The annual gathering of the global private employment services sector produced a number of key messages and outcomes.

Leading the Way to Work: the theme of the conference was illustrated by the fact that one year after announcing  their five-year commitment to global labour markets, significant progress has been made by Ciett members, which includes some of the largest recruiters in the world, to hit its targets set last year.

The organisation reports that, in the last 12 months, the private employment services industry has supported 46 million people in their job life (93% of year one target), helped 12 million young people (93% of year one target), up-skilled 11.6 million people (93% of year one target), created 3.1 million new jobs (97% of year one target) and served 4.5 million companies (100% of year one target).

New markets are starting to boom with growth opportunities for the private employment services industry seen in the Asian market, especially in China, Japan, Vietnam and India. In Latin America, Brazil and Mexico will be powerful economic forces over coming years while agency work markets remain under-developed for the time being. In Russia and Turkey, growth of the industry will accelerate as appropriate regulatory frameworks are being adopted.

The agency work market is gravitating towards the high end: the need for highly skilled staff, in particular as a response to skills shortages, is a key trend in North America and Europe, as well as in emerging markets like Russia.

In his opening speech, Ciett President Fred van Haasteren reminded the 300 participants to the conference that the private employment services industry contributes significantly on a daily basis to the ILO Decent Work Agenda, through job creation, social dialogue, social protection and guaranteeing rights at work.

Staffing Industry Analysts was represented at the event by Research Analyst , Timothy Landhuis, who presented a session on ‘The Staffing Industry Around the World’ alongside  James Gribben, Communications and Economic Affairs Advisor at CIETT & EuroCIETT.

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