De Poel to launch ‘association’ of agencies and employers
Tue, 26 Jun 2012
Temporary labour procurer de Poel is to launch a membership body, the Tempo Agency Club, in the autumn.
Described to Recruiter by a de Poel spokesperson as an “association of recruitment agencies and hirers”, it will operate on a paid-for membership model, with regular meetings and elected committees, with de Poel at the heart of the organisation.
Even in its infancy, the new development has already attracted the attention of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), which wrote to de Poel last Friday (22 June) “to relay the concerns of REC members about their new Tempo Agency Club”, according to a statement posted on REC’s website on the same day.
Joe Tully, de Poel managing director, says Tempo is “a response to the changing industry landscape, the raised expectations of hirers and a desire to remain competitive at a time when de Poel’s clients are looking for continuous improvements in service standards”.
As part of the statement on its website, REC chief executive Kevin Green comments: “We’ve heard from a lot of our members who have concerns about information they have received from de Poel about charges and restrictions relating to their new Tempo Agency Club.
“I hope by contacting their chief executive directly I can get some clarity on their proposition and get answers for our members.”
An REC spokesperson tells Recruiter that it made public the fact of having written the letter to make those members who had expressed concerns aware that it had done so.
The REC would not comment further on the contents of the letter or the nature of the concerns.
In a statement released to Recruiter in response to the REC making its letter public, Tully says: “We have endeavoured to liaise with all of our agency partners and clients regarding Tempo and we held over 20 agency focus groups, across all parts of the country, to discuss our ideas and to receive feedback.
“We are very happy to answer queries regarding this initiative and we shall be responding directly to the REC.”
De Poel is not an REC member, but does hold membership of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), whose chair Adrian Marlowe tells Recruiter it would be “premature” to comment further.