18 October 2011
Private employment services provide a bridge to social and economic progress, according to a new report released today by Ciett, the global confederation of private employment agencies.
The research entitled 'Adapting to change' - produced in
association with the Boston Consulting Group - examines the
positive role that recruitment agencies across Europe and the rest
of the world can play in facilitating adaptation to seasonal,
structural and cyclical changes in national labour markets.
Uncertainty in the global labour market due to tough economic
conditions and demographic shifts has led many companies to turn to
the expertise of recruitment companies to manage their fluctuating
Commenting on the research, Fred Van Haasteren, Ciett President
"The report demonstrates that private employment services create
jobs that would not otherwise exist: three-quarters of user
organisations do not consider hiring permanent workers as an
alternative to agency work. In fact, private employment services
reduce structural unemployment - by creating more work
opportunities for more people - as well as frictional unemployment
by ensuring a better and faster match between supply and demand of
"As an industry we pledge to work in partnership with all
relevant stakeholders to improve the governance and quality
standards of the industry across the world and to become an active
career agent for workers."
The report, "Adapting to Change: How private employment services
facilitate adaptation to change, better labour markets and decent
work" is based on research commissioned by Ciett and Eurociett and
conducted with the support and assistance of The Boston Consulting
Group. For more information on the report go to www.ciett.org.