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India, home to the world’s largest and youngest workforce, hosts Ciett employment and recruitment industry global conference


17 May 2016


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Labour market experts from around the world descend on Delhi as sector demonstrates it is leading in a changing world of work

New Delhi, India, 17 May 2016

The employment and recruitment industry is holding its global conference in New Delhi from 25 to 27 May 2016.  Practitioners and experts from across the HR industry will be joined by academics and policymakers from around the world including representatives from the ILO, OECD and IOE in a three day discussion about the changing world of work.

Hosted by the Indian Staffing Federation and Ciett (the global industry body), 300 delegates from more than 25 countries will gather to discuss and share insights on issues that are pivotal for the future of the sector - including the search for talent, dynamic labour markets and the impact of digital.  It will also welcome Indian Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Shri Bandaru Dattatreya as keynote speaker.

“It is most fitting that this year’s event should take place in Delhi, explains Ciett President, Annemarie Muntz. “ India is home to the world’s largest and youngest workforce including a skilled workforce of some 270m people. The country represents a significant market opportunity for the sector and its own staffing industry has experienced 20% growth over the past three years. At the same time, India still suffers from outdated labour laws, hampering the labour market to work efficiently.”

According to Rituparna Chakraborty, President, Indian Staffing Federation, “World Employment Conference will provide a meticulous platform to showcase India’s talent pool in front of the global employment industry. It will act as a bridge in perusing good public policies from various global counterparts and thereafter suggest or make suitable amendments in our policies to facilitate employment creation for India's large pool of unemployed workforce. India will be hosting its first Ciett WEC 2016 with a view to enunciate and draw a roadmap to execute and navigate through the wondrous possibilities in the employment and recruitment industry and look forward to its success.”

With an annual turnover of 450 billion the employment and recruitment sector is leading in a changing world of work where expert, tailor-made and adaptable work solutions are already a necessity. It helps more than 71 million people from around the world to access quality work each year and plays a pivotal role in contributing to more efficient labour markets.  In India, where 93% of the working population is employed without a formal labour contract, the industry can play an important role in balancing new forms of work with security for both employers and workers.

The sector is a labour market enabler which supports both companies and workers in adapting to changing demographics, demands and skills. From Asia to North America and from Latin America to Europe it enables work, adaptation, security and prosperity.  It works with companies to secure the skills they need to respond to fluctuating demand, and supports workers by identifying jobs, training people with the skills they need to succeed and helping them to make effective transitions throughout their working lives.  The industry also supports governments and works increasingly alongside public employment services in matching supply with demand in the labour market while reducing unemployment and the undeclared economy.


Notes to Editors


About Ciett

Ciett is the international confederation of private employment services, representing the employment and recruitment industry around the world. Recognised as such by international organisations (e.g. EU institutions, International Labour Organisation, OECD, World Bank), Ciett represents the industry at large with 8 of the world’s largest staffing companies as well as 50 national federations from all over the world.

Through their network of 203,500 branches and their 624,500 permanent employees, Ciett members employ 11.5 million workers (daily full time equivalent) and 36 million on a yearly basis. They deliver services through the full spectrum of human resources, including temporary agency work, recruitment, interim management, executive search, outplacement and training.

As the voice of labour choice, Ciett promotes the vital role that private employment services play in helping organisations, economies and individuals facilitate adaptation to change, and their capacity to increase labour market participation, reduce unemployment, build better labour markets and deliver decent work. Members of Ciett refuse to compete at the expense of workers’ rights and work hand-in-hand with governments and trade unions to fight illegal work and social dumping. However, Ciett also recognises that inadequate regulation and a small number of disreputable agencies can prevent the industry from fulfilling its potential.

About ISF

Indian Staffing Federation (ISF) was set up by leading staffing companies in India with one common goal - Staffing India's Growth. Staffing is yet to be recognised and adopted as an effective means of running a business in India. The Staffing Industry provides a platform for recognised employment, work choice, even compensation, annual benefits and health benefits for the temporary workforce that constitutes a sizeable segment of India’s total workforce. The purpose of ISF is to enhance long-term growth of the staffing industry and to ensure its continued ability to make positive contributions to the economy and society. The principal focus of the Federation's activities shall be to strengthen triangular employment relationships, in which the staffing company is the employer of the agency worker, who works under the supervision of the user company. Currently ISF has a member base of over 55 companies employing about 400,000 employee workers. For further details, do visit –


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