Active labour market policies enable all citizens to participate in society by having access to rewarding and sustainable employment. Fostering inclusiveness is particularly important for underrepresented and vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, the long-term unemployed, NEETs (young people neither in education, training nor employment), etc.
Promoting inclusiveness and fostering active labour market policies is part of the European Employment Strategy for Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth. Its implementation is mostly achieved through the European Semester process, the EU’s annual cycle of economic and social policy coordination. Part of this process are the Social Scoreboard, tracking trends and performances across EU countries, and country-specific recommendations which provide policy guidance for each Member State outlining the nature and extent of challenges at national level.
Both public and private employment services share the same final objective: to bring as many people as possible into the labour market. Cooperation between public and private services can therefore enhance the inclusiveness of labour markets, increase the rate of transition from unemployment to work and maximise the effectiveness of the services provided to job-seekers.
Members of the World Employment Confederation-Europe have established different forms of partnerships with Public Employment Services (exchange of information, pooling of data on the labour market, sourcing candidates, sharing candidates and job vacancies, managing skills, assessing and creating skills through training, providing outplacement services, etc.).
Cooperation also takes place at EU level, where the World Employment Confederation-Europe collaborates with the EU PES Network, a network established to foster cooperation and mutual learning between Europe’s Public Employment Services.
In its Europe 2024 Vision Paper, the World Employment Confederation-Europe calls on EU policies to promote a diversity of labour contractual arrangements as a way to increase labour market participation and inclusion and to strengthen the collaboration between labour market intermediaries to maximise their potential by implementing these policy actions. For examples of how the private employment industry increases labour market participation and inclusion and cooperates with public employment services, visit our “Social Innovation Stories” database.