The private employment services sector is instrumental to the economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic, first by enabling a safe return to work and secondly by offering solutions to make labour markets more resilient. The World Employment Confederation is setting up a dedicated task force to tap into its members’ expertise to share the best practices, reflect on the lessons learned and develop practical solutions to implement in collaboration with all stakeholders interested in building a sustainable and inclusive post-Covid 19 world of work.
The private employment services sector is instrumental to the economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. The immediate first step is to enable workers to resume work in the greatest health and safety conditions. But to enable a sustainable economic recovery in the longer-term, workers, businesses and society must be better prepared to work in more fluid and agile situations. The private employment services sector can support here through increased labour market participation, efficient matching of supply and demand for workers, career guidance and skilling.
The World Employment Confederation has set up a dedicated task force for its members to pool their expertise on these two dimensions and to come up with solutions and recommendations that can be implemented in cooperation with public authorities, other economic sectors, trade unions and society as a whole.
The task force originates in a project launched by global private employment service agencies – Randstad, The Adecco Group and ManpowerGroup – in April 2020. As the Alliance has quickly broadened to involve a larger network of partners across the world, the World Employment Confederation (WEC) has taken over the ownership of the project in June 2020.
A safe return to work is key to economic recovery after the pandemic. The private employment services sector is tapping into its expertise in health and safety protocols across countries and industries to compile best practices and create new channels to scale effective protocols at speed.
Reviewing over 400 health and safety protocols from five sectors (transport and logistics, automotive, manufacturing and life sciences, construction as well as food) in 13 countries, the private employment services sector has developed a fact base and source of best practices to help organizations of all types and sizes get up and running again in a safe, healthy and productive way.
The Practical Guide to Safe Restart summarizes the extensive technical guidance gathered in reviewing health and safety protocols and offers a well-rounded perspective of the situation and possible roadblocks.
A compendium of Best Practice Protocols further gathers the measures identified in the research, including sector- and country-specific best practices.
After getting the economy to restart safely, the main challenge will be to ensure sustainable, long-term recovery. Here too, the private employment services sector has a solid experience in activation and transitions, enabling labour markets to be more efficient and flexible in matching supply and demand. During the Covid-19 crisis, the sector has been in the front line of re-allocating workers across sectors.
The WEC’s task force will further document the role of the private employment services sector in supporting workers, businesses and society, both during and beyond the crisis. Lessons learned about the importance of diverse forms of work for the inclusiveness and sustainability of labour markets should be drawned upon.
Employers, trade unions, and NGOs are invited to collaborate in this effort and at the same time, the World Employment Confederation reaches out to governments to support, stimulate and endorse these efforts.