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New Organization will focus on Integration across National Initiatives and on Driving Standards Adoption in Europe

London, 12th July 2004 - StepStone today announced its support for the formation of the HR-XML Consortium Europe, which is chartered with driving the development and adoption of HR-XML standards by employers, HR services companies, software developers and government agencies across Europe. John Spiers, CIO of StepStone has contributed to the preparation leading up to this announcement and is one of the initial Founder Directors and supporters of the organisation.

The HR-XML Consortium is dedicated to the development and promotion of a standard suite of XML specifications to enable e-business and the automation of human resources-related data exchanges. Its new affiliate organisation, HR-XML Consortium Europe, is chartered with ensuring that standards fully meet the needs of organizations in Europe and promoting them across all areas of the HR industry. HR-XML Europe will continue to work closely with HR-XML and its other international initiatives to ensure a consistent approach to HR standardization worldwide.

According to John Spiers, Chief Information Officer at StepStone, “Standards benefit all sectors of the HR industry by creating more efficient markets for people, jobs and technology. Removing the artificial barriers created by incompatible information formats will help both users and suppliers of HR technology.”

About HR-XML Consortium

HR-XML (www.hr-xml.org) is an independent, non-profit consortium dedicated to enabling e-commerce and inter-company exchange of human resources data worldwide. The work of the Consortium centres on the development and promotion of standardized XML vocabularies for HR. HR-XML's current efforts are focused on standards for staffing and recruiting, compensation and benefits, training and work force management. HR-XML is represented by its membership in 22 countries, and in Europe through its affiliate organization, HR-XML Consortium Europe.

About StepStone ASA

StepStone was founded in Norway in 1996 and pioneered the development of online recruitment in Europe. Today StepStone is Europe's leading provider of online career services and recruitment solutions. StepStone's public career sites cover 13 European countries, providing high-quality candidates to recruiters quickly and effectively through individually focused campaigns. StepStone’s recruitment solutions allow customers to operate their own private career sites, covering both external and internal candidates. Thousands of companies, including Tandberg, IKEA, Coca Cola, Deutsche Bank, Toyota Motor Europe, Whirlpool Corporation, Levi Strauss, Bertelsmann, KLM, Manpower, Vedior and KPMG, use StepStone's services to help them recruit qualified staff across Europe. For more information see www.stepstone.com

For further information, please contact:

John Spiers
StepStone ASA
Tel: +44 (0)1483 739450
john.spiers@stepstone.com

Vanessa Land
Devonshire Marketing Consultants Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1276 675571
vanessa@devonshiremarketing.com

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