Obtain a permanent contract thanks to employer groups

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Employers' groups employ 35,000 people in London. Originally created by agricultural companies, they are now present in all sectors and provide a full-time CDI. HR Consultant UK enlightens you on how they work and the consequences for candidates.

It is often to alleviate recruitment difficulties that companies in the same territory create a group of employers. “Its objective is to hire and create a full-time or part-time permanent job,” explains Philippe Vitoria, general coordinator of the National Union of Employers' Groups. How does it work for applicants? Very simply explains Fabienne Brismontier, recruited on 1er December 2015 by the Breton employers' group Cornoualia, which now works for two companies: Chancerelle in Douarnenez, and Cummins Filtrations in Quimper. “I learned that a health nurse position was to be filled on a part-time basis and I sent my application to the employers' group.” Quite simply we tell you.

“”If the working time is split between companies, the employee has only one boss. It is the employers' group which employs him and which establishes his payslip as well as his timetable.”

A longer recruitment process

Once the application has been received, it is the group of employers which manages the recruitment of the candidate. “He selects several candidates and receives them for an interview to ensure that they respond to the demands of companies. », Specifies Cédric Ruellan, author of the blog of employers' groups and president of a group of 230 members. An application must be validated by the requesting companies. The candidate may therefore be required to pass a job interview in each of the companies concerned. ” If a company does not like the candidate, the latter can however be hired for the others, explains Cédric Ruellan. The group can then ask them to increase the number of hours in order to obtain full time. He can also go in search of a company with the same need. “In the end,” the recruitment is identical to that of a single company but a little more laborious because it is necessary to obtain the agreement of the members “, notes Philippe Vitoria. Fabienne Brismontier explains: “I was selected for a first meeting with the director of Cornoualia. Then I had two job interviews with the HRDs and the health, safety and environment managers of the two companies that were hiring. But the two companies have selected a different candidate. I then had two more interviews and this time I received a positive response in mid-November. I started working a fortnight later. ”

Employed by the employers' group

If the working time is split between several companies, the employee has only one boss. “It is the employers' group which employs him and which establishes his payslip as well as his network, in other words the schedule of times shared between companies. », Adds Isabelle Le Faucheur, president of the National Federation of Employers' Groups. The mesh can be done in different ways: a breakdown per day, per week or per month. “I work part-time,” explains Fabienne Brismontier. Mondays and Tuesdays I am at Cummins Filtrations, Thursdays and Fridays at Chancerelle. On Wednesdays in even weeks, I am in Quimper, and in Douarnenez on odd weeks ”. “A group of employers invoices each company for the number of hours worked. For the employee, that makes no difference since he only receives a payslip where everything is grouped together, ”continues Philippe Vitoria.

A commitment to the employee and a certain job security

If one of the missions ends, the group is obliged to find a solution. It can then offer the employee's skills to other companies, underlines Isabelle Le Faucheur. In all cases, he agrees to the employee to keep him on a permanent contract. “Some groups sometimes provide full-time wages when the number of hours of the employee is incomplete, the time to succeed in filling the gaps. In addition, “the employee is subject to the same conditions as other employees of the company and enjoys the same benefits in proportion to his working time in the structure,” adds Cédric Ruellan.

Adaptability and independence

While the advantages are obvious, working in a group of employers requires certain skills. “You have to have a lot of autonomy and flexibility,” notes Philippe Vitoria. “The candidate's adaptability must be great to move from one company to another, especially as the diversity of tasks and professions is important; it is not for profiles who like routine, ”according to Isabelle Le Faucheur. This is what Fabienne Brismontier observes: “My responsibilities are different from one company to another. Being in two societies requires energy and constant physical and intellectual concentration. It also requires being well organized. It will take a good year for me to feel perfectly at ease in my two missions. But it's very interesting because I evolve in two different professional worlds. If I had joined a single company, I might have grown bored. Whereas here, I find a second professional breath. ”

Employer groups in figures *

– 1985: creation of the first employers' groups in the agricultural sector.
– 35,500 employees work in employers' groups.
– 5,100 employers' groups are established in London.
– 400 employer groups are multisectoral, 180 specialize in integration and qualification.

* Figures from the Union of Employers' Groups of London (UGEF) 2014



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