Members of the Association of Online Recruiters (AOLR) have joined forces with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) to create a new body dedicated to the advancement of online recruitment in the UK, and the promotion of ethical standards in the industry.
The new division, which retains the AOLR name, will set a clear code of conduct, promote the benefits of online recruitment and provide a forum for the exchange of views and information among "e-cruiters", says the REC.
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It will also liaise with Government and other "opinion forming bodies" to ensure that any policies or legislation are "practical, relevant and proportionate".
Tim Nicholson, chief executive of the REC, believes the move expresses a strong commitment on the part of online recruiters to professional practice and the future of their industry.
"By combining the strength of the REC with the expertise of the members of our new specialist division, who between them cover the fast growing range of businesses offering innovative internet delivered products and services, we have created a powerful force for good," he adds.
Members of the AOLR include Stepstone, Hays Internet Services, Monster, Jobsite, CityJobs, tempz.com and Top Jobs on the Net.
The new body is currently in the process of forming an executive committee, supported by REC staff and advisors.