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UK – New recruitment membership group launched

08 January 2013

A new professional membership group was launched in the UK this week by de Poel to represent the interests of staffing firms and buyers. The new group, Tempo, aims to provide “best practice guidelines” and will partner with business law firm DWF to offer legal advice to members.

Keith Faulkner CBE, has been appointed as chair of the group and was previously the chair of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and Director of Corporate Affairs for Manpower PLC.

“We hope that Tempo will become the ‘go-to’ association for best practice and a platform for our members to share knowledge and expertise and, most importantly, benefit from being recognised as recruiters that comply with industry best practice,” said Mr Faulkner.

de Poel’s managing director, Joe Tully, commented: “The recruitment industry landscape is changing at a rapid pace, driven by new legislation and the raised expectations of hirers. We have formed Tempo in response to these changes in industry needs.”

The launch of Tempo was previously hit by controversies after the REC last summer raised concerns over “inherent” conflicts of interest. In August, REC chief executive Kevin Green said that de Poel acts “as a kind of representative body for both recruiters and end users while having a commercial relationship with both parties.” Furthermore, the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) cancelled de Poel’s membership in June last year having learnt of the firm’s plans to launch a trade association.


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