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State employment center points out violation in work of major part of recruiting agencies

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Aug. 9, 2012, 11:18 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The experience of cooperation of the state employment center with private recruiting agencies in most cases was not positive, as the latter often do not observe Ukrainian law in issues of setting requirements for candidates, the head of the department of the organization of provision of social services of the state employment center, Olena Stashenko, has said.
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The experience of cooperation of the state employment center with private recruiting agencies in most cases was not positive, as the latter often do not observe Ukrainian law in issues of setting requirements for candidates, the head of the department of the organization of provision of social services of the state employment center, Olena Stashenko, has said. 

She said on the Social Status program on the Tonis TV channel that many recruiting agencies place restrictions on the sex and age of candidates, which is prohibited by the Constitution of Ukraine and international law.

"They stuck to their position in all our intentions to cooperate – with regard to age and sex in recruiting. We received complaints from unemployed people that they applied to such agencies, paid money, found jobs, worked for two or three months and were then told that they had not passed the probation period and had no right to receive wages. There is a tangle that has to be unraveled," she said.

She said that the law on employment of the public passed by the parliament would solve the problem, as the law contains a ban on collecting fees for services of recruiters from ordinary citizens – only employers are to pay a bonus for the selection of staff for recruiting agencies.

Stashenko also said that the situation with unemployment in Ukraine is rather stable and is not following the global trend.

"Today there is a problem of employing young people, and people over 45 years old all over the world, and Ukraine is no exception," she said.

She said that in H1, 2012, 1.1 million citizens applied to the state employment center. Employers registered 600,000 vacancies. Thus, on average one job is offered to two citizens. The state employment service found jobs for 300,000 people.

Stashenko said that today there is an acute need for blue-collar workers on the Ukrainian market, and the state employment service trains people, allowing them to master new professions: electric and gas welders, and builders for men, and cooks, confectioners and hairdressers for women. 

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