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REC pledges continued commitment to rooting out rogue agencies

REC pledges continued commitment to rooting out rogue agencies

The REC has welcomed today's annual report from the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, which underlines the Government's commitment to effective enforcement of agency regulations. The REC is in regular dialogue with the Department for Business and has consistently campaigned for the activities of rogue labour providers to be addressed.

Responding to the findings of the Annual Report, REC Chief Executive, Kevin Green says: "As the Employment Minister recognised in his statement, the vast majority of agencies are doing the right thing and abiding to the regulations. However, decisive action is needed to address the activities of rogue operators that not only exploit workers but also undercut legitimate agencies. The REC will continue to work constructively with Government on this issue and will accelerate the professionalisation of the industry as a whole through our Code of Professional Practice and industry qualifications".

The REC has its own Enforcement Officers who monitor compliance with the REC's Code of Professional Practice and will be regular contact with the enlarged BERR Inspectorate Team.

Commenting on the opportunities for effective co-operation, REC Head of Professional Standards Fola Tayo says: "Breaches of the regulations or Code can be sometimes be of a technical nature or linked to a lack of awareness rather than real rogue practices. Raising awareness and enhancing the training of staff may be the solutions in these cases but more serious and systematic breaches must be flagged up and dealt with on both an industry and Government level.

The REC Professional Standards team is committed to working constructively with the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate over the coming year in order to deliver the best possible outcomes for workers and for law-abiding agencies".

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