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Recruitment firms appeal £39m fines

Three recruitment companies have started the next stage of their appeal against fines from the Office of Fair Trading for price fixing.

The Competition Appeal Tribunal is expected to rule at the end of the week on whether fines totalling £39 million on six recruitment agencies last September were too high.

Companies including Hays, CDI Anders Elite and Eden Brown were fined by the Office of Fair Trading for fixing fee rates and the collective boycott of another company in the supply of candidates to the construction industry.

These three companies are arguing that the fines are excessive and have appealed the decision.