REC steps up a gear
REC steps up a gear as the directive on temporary agency work is finally published
The European Directive on temporary agency work was published on December 5 2008 and the UK now has until December 5 2011 to implement this directive into UK law.
The text of the directive allows the UK to derogate from the principle of equal treatment between agency and permanent workers for 12 weeks. Currently, it is estimated that around half of temporary placements last longer than 12 weeks. After this time has passed, temporary workers will be entitled to the same or higher pay and working time conditions as a permanent worker who would have been recruited to the same position.
Whilst these principles are clear in the directive, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation recognised that there is a lot of work to be completed on the detail of implementation.
In order to inform this debate, the REC created the Agency Work Commission in August 2008 to look at implementation issues in depth. At the last meeting of the Commission held on December 5, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) attended to discuss the key issues.
What parts of a remuneration package will be considered to be pay?
How the 12 weeks will be measured?
Who is liable for defining equal treatment?
Whether limited company contractors are covered by the provisions?
The Agency Work Commission, made up of recruiters, users of agency labour, lawyers and the CIPD, will report its findings in the New Year. The REC will step up its campaigning over the next year to ensure that the directive, once implemented, does not have a negative affect on the temporary jobs market. This is especially important in the current climate.