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Vedior NV (0J9M)


Friday 24 June, 2005

Vedior NV

response to tuc report

Vedior NV
24 June 2005

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

                         Vedior responds to TUC Report
                     For immediate release on 24 June 2005

Vedior, one of the world's largest recruitment companies, today rejected the
TUC's report on Agency Work in the UK.

Brian Wilkinson, member of Vedior's Board of Management said,

'Given the very positive role temporary work plays in job creation, it is
regrettable to see the TUC take such a hostile and ill-informed stance. Their
outmoded view of temporary work which they describe as '...getting workers on
the cheap and holding them back from quality permanent jobs...' actually
reinforces a stereotype of temporary workers as second-class citizens. I am
certain that those working in a temporary role will find this description
offensive and out of touch with reality.'

The TUC report fails to mention that many people elect to work on a temporary
basis for wholly positive reasons; as a lifestyle choice to help balance work
and family commitments, or in order to enhance their skills and experience - and
hence their employability. They also fail to mention that pay for experienced
and skilled temporary workers will likely be higher than that of equivalent
full-time personnel especially in more professional sectors such as accounting,
information technology, legal and engineering. Enforcing pay parity between
temporary and permanent employees in the UK is unworkable, unnecessary and

Temporary work is also a very effective way for more marginalized members of
society to enter the workforce and put them on the first step of the career
ladder. Nevertheless, the TUC seems determined to undermine opportunities for
the very people about whom they should be most concerned.

In contrast to the perception given in the TUC report, rights and benefits for
UK temporary workers have substantially increased over the past ten years.

The growth of the temporary work industry over recent years has contributed to
the stability of the UK economy and the relatively low levels of unemployment it
enjoys. The TUC's suggestion that the UK needs to adopt European-type employment
regulations and subscribe to a European-wide directive takes no account of
differing labour market circumstances across Europe and comes at a time when
European competitiveness is clearly hampered by its inability to develop more
flexible workforce policies and thereby reduce unemployment.

Brian Wilkinson concludes,

'The protection and fair treatment of temporary workers are aims that Vedior
fully shares with the TUC, however, this will never be accomplished by burdening
UK industry with additional bureaucracy and regulation.'

Company Profile:

Vedior is one of the world's largest recruitment companies and is a full-service
recruitment provider with a diversified portfolio of brands targeting a broad
range of industry sectors. Annual sales for 2004 were €6,467 million.

From its global network of offices spanning Europe, North America, Australasia,
Asia, South America and Africa, Vedior offers temporary and permanent
recruitment as well as a number of complementary employment-related services
such as outplacement, HR outsourcing, payrolling and training.

Vedior has a leading market position in the provision of professional/executive
recruitment in sectors such as information technology, healthcare, accounting,
engineering and education. In order to meet client requirements for all
categories of personnel, we also have a significant global network providing
administrative/secretarial and light industrial recruitment.

For further information, please contact:
John Nurthen, Director of Corporate Affairs                  +31 (0) 20 573 5609

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