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Sectoral social dialogue - Temporary agency work

Social partners

Employees' organisations Employers' organisations
UNI Europa European Confederation of Private Employment Agencies

Social dialogue in this sector covers:

  • "temping agency" work - the supply of workers by intermediary firms for assignments in other organisations.

Temping agency work is a unique, "triangular" form of employment. In some countries, the use and regulation of temping agencies is extensive and well established - in others it is a relatively new phenomenon.

Temping is a significant form of employment in most EU countries and employs large numbers of workers, especially in the larger economies. Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK have a particularly well-developed temping agency sector.

EU directive 2008/104 on temporary agency work defines a general framework for the working conditions of temporary workers in the EU. The directive aims to guarantee a minimum level of effective protection to temporary workers and to contribute to the development of the temporary work sector as a flexible option for employers and workers.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • labour market policies
  • promoting national social dialogue
  • temporary agency work regulation
  • sectoral developments and the economic situation
  • projects on cross border activities within temporary agency work and on transitions in the labour market.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Joint project on temporary agency work and transitions in the labour market (2011-12)
  • Promoting sectoral social dialogue on temporary agency work: organisation of a round table event in Turkey in December 2010
  • Declaration on training for temporary agency workers: Joint actions developed by sectoral social partners play a key role in facilitating skills upgrading (2009)
  • Agreement to set up a European observatory on crossborder activities within the temporary agency work sector (2009)
  • Joint opinion: Eurociett/UNI-Europa joint declaration on the directive on working conditions for temporary agency workers (2008)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).


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