Recruitment firms to start a lobby for temporary staffs


The Economic Times, April 12, 2011

Group to push for more recognition,relaxing of labour laws and licensing procedures to give the temporary staffing industry a better deal in terms of pay scales and opportunities. The temp staffing industry,which is growing at 17% quarter on quarter,according to a TeamLease report,will soon have a new champion.Some of the biggest executive recruitment firms will,this May,form a lobby to demand changes in labour laws and more acceptance for an industry where 95% of the workforce is unorganised.

A TeamLease survey says the temporary staffing industry has a workforce of 90 million and barely 6% (or about five lakh) of the industry is organised.The manufacturing,IT,services,infrastructure and hospitality sectors are some of the largest employers of temporary staff in the country.Although still in the preliminary stages,eight members are already on the lobbys board,including representatives from staffing agencies like Mafoi Randstad,TeamLease,Kelly Services,Adecco India,Manpower India and GI Staffing Services.

Members of this core team have already had three meetings,which included interactions with the labour ministry on the objectives of the yet-to-be-named body.The team is also looking to the International Confederation of Private Employment Agencies (CIETT),which promotes better regulatory policies,flexibility in global staffing market and legislation,for help.And though staffing firms are keeping mum about this development till they go public in May,industry experts say the new lobbying body will be affiliated to CIETT,whose website mentions a recent meeting between it and the heads of Indian staffing firms.The visit included a debriefing on the regulatory environment for the development of private employment agencies in India,and discussion on an optimal regulatory framework, the website says.

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