12 May 2012

SETU: HR-XML in the Netherlands

Written by: Jasper Roes

Since the start of SETU in 2007, SETU has been active in customizing the international HR-XML standard for use in the flexible staffing industry in the Netherlands. A lot of work has been done in the nearly five years that the SETU exists. Standards were developed to exchange requests for quotes, offers, assignments, timecards, and invoices. These SETU standards define the information that is exchanged, while the technical format for the exchange is the HR-XML 2.5 standards.

In those five years, more than one version of the SETU standards was developed. Comment and questions of users of the standards resulted in modification, clarifications, and additions to the standards. The SETU timecard and invoice standards are therefore currently in their 1.2 version, for the request for quote, offer and assignment standard the 1.2 versions are developed in 2012.

Next to the standards for the ‘regular’ process, a number of other developments are coming into play. Last year (2011) the SETU created a standard for exchanging vacancies and advertisements between vacancy owners and job boards. This standard was developed together with the UWV (UWV is an autonomous administrative authority commissioned by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment implement employee insurances and provide labour market and data services.) and fulfills the need of the UWV and other parties that want to exchanges vacancies in a standardized manner. This standard uses the HR-XML 2.5 standard for the technical implementation and makes easier to match vacancies to the profiles of job seekers. In 2012 we expect to start with the development of a standard to exchange planning information, a new information stream that can profit from the use of standards to simplify processes and to enable savings.

In the last five years, the SETU has put the HR-XML standards in the picture in the Netherlands by creating the SETU standards. Parties in the flexible staffing industry that want to start standardizing their information exchange are almost obliged to use the SETU standards (and therefore the HR-XML standards). For the next five years, we will be building on top of the current base and hope to be as successful as in the first five years.