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REC meets the BRE

REC meets the Better Regulation Executive to cut red tape

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is providing valuable input to the Better Regulation Executive (BRE) on where the industry is affected by unnecessary regulation.

As the recruitment industry is very complex, finding areas where improvements could be made is vitally important work. REC research shows there is an average of 1.2 million agency workers being placed on assignment every week but this, in turn, encompasses a huge diversity in the types of work they are undertaking.

The conventional three-way relationship between candidate, client and recruitment agency has become increasingly complicated as Master / Neutral Vendor arrangements have become more prevalent.

Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of External Relations said: New regulations can have unintended consequences on the agency work sector. The Agency Workers Directive raises significant questions around where liability for establishing equal treatment lies. We look forward to working with the BRE on new legislation such as this Directive and making improvements to existing regulations where necessary.

The REC held a focus group with REC members and neutral vendors on Friday (February 20) to discuss the impact of the Directive in these circumstances.

The BRE will be looking at how agencies and clients are affected by current legislation and will be looking to share this information with other Government departments to highlight the complexities of the agency work sector. The REC looks forward to working with BRE to promote a better understanding of temporary work.


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