The UK Office of Fair Trading imposes a £40m fine for collective boycott and price fixing in the construction recruitment sector (Construction Recruitment Forum)

Background 1. On 29 September 2009 the UK Office of Fair Trading ("OFT"), the UK's national competition regulator, decided to fine eight companies in connection with concerted practices in the construction recruitment sector. 2. The eight infringing companies were: A Warwick Associates ("Warwick"), Beresford Blake Thomas ("Beresford"), CDI AndersElite ("CDI"), Eden Brown ("Eden"), Fusion People ("Fusion"), Hays Specialist Recruitment ("Hays"), Henry Recruitment ("Henry"), and Hill McGlynn & Associates ("Hill"). Their combined market share was in the region of 13.6%. 3. The impugned conduct stemmed from the market entry of Parc UK, a neutral vendor for the supply of employment candidates to construction companies in the UK. Parc's business model placed it as an intermediary

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Simon Barnes, The UK Office of Fair Trading imposes a £40m fine for collective boycott and price fixing in the construction recruitment sector (Construction Recruitment Forum), 29 September 2009, e-Competitions September 2009, Art. N° 29964

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