Em­ploy­ment Ser­vices With­out Ad­vance Pay­ment

As from 1 Jan­uary 2017 the op­er­a­tion of Be­laru­sian re­cruit­ment agen­cies will be strictly reg­u­lated

Economy of Belarus - - LABOR MARKET -

Ev­ery­one is free to look for a job in the way he feels con­ve­nient. Some rely on their cir­cle of friends and con­nec­tions, like in the good old days. Oth­ers send out CVS, ap­ply to re­cruit­ment agen­cies or use all the meth­ods men­tioned above. All means are good in the search for a job, ex­cept for those when job seek­ers are bla­tantly used as a source of easy money. Do you re­mem­ber the fa­mous lit­er­ary con man Ostap Ben­der and his motto “Money in the morn­ing, chairs in the evening”? It seems that em­ploy­ment agen­cies have adopted this prin­ci­ple as their modus operandi: they take money from clients as pre­pay­ment for their ser­vices but do not guar­an­tee them a job. The agen­cies will soon be de­prived of this mon­ey­mak­ing op­por­tu­nity start­ing 1 Jan­uary 2017. In an in­ter­view with BELTA News Agency Oleg TOKUN, the Head of the Em­ploy­ment Pol­icy De­part­ment at the Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial Se­cu­rity of Be­larus, talks on how the state will pro­tect job seek­ers against un­scrupu­lous re­cruiters. Mr Tokun, would you please tell us what em­ploy­ment agen­cies are? How do they dif­fer from re­cruit­ment agen­cies and em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance cen­ters? It is re­ally dif­fi­cult for an un­in­formed per­son to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween these three… The con­cept of a re­cruit­ment agency is not for­mal­ized at the leg­isla­tive level in Be­larus. As a rule, re­cruit­ment agen­cies are busi­ness en­ti­ties (le­gal en­ti­ties or self-em­ployed busi­ness­men) who are en­gaged in search and se­lec­tion of per­son­nel for em­ploy­ers. They also pro­vide ser­vices to job seek­ers (cit­i­zens). The ser­vice fee is paid by ei­ther the em­ployer or the job seeker. Some re­cruit­ment agen­cies are au­tho­rized to carry out em­ploy­ment ac­tiv­i­ties out­side Be­larus. Pub­lic em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance cen­ters charge nei­ther em­ploy­ers nor cit­i­zens. All costs are fi­nanced from the bud­get (same as other mea­sures of the state em­ploy­ment pol­icy). By the way, pub­lic em­ploy­ment as­sis­tance cen­ters do not of­fer for­eign em­ploy­ment op­tions. As for em­ploy­ment agen­cies, in ac­cor­dance with Ar­ti­cle 15 of the new edi­tion of the law “On em­ploy­ment of cit­i­zens of the Repub­lic of Be­larus”, an em­ploy­ment agency is a le­gal en­tity and a self-em­ployed busi­ness­man pro­vid­ing place­ment ser­vices to cit­i­zens in Be­larus and in­cluded in the reg­is­ter of em­ploy­ment agen­cies. Res­o­lu­tion No. 855 of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, which comes into force on 1 Jan­uary 2017, will ap­ply to these em­ploy­ment agen­cies. How many em­ploy­ment agen­cies are there in Be­larus? The pre­lim­i­nary in­for­ma­tion will be re­leased by mid Jan­uary 2017, as soon as the reg­is­ter is ready. A few years ago, the Re­search In­sti­tute of La­bor un­der the Min­istry of La­bor and So­cial

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