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New report shows employers are in the dark about AWD

New report shows employers are in the dark about AWD

A report by recruitment agency Tate has highlighted that only a third of employers have any awareness of the possible implications of the Agency Work Directive which will go through Parliament this year and could be implemented as early as April next year.

Commenting on the findings, Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), said: We are worried that such an important piece of regulation is about to happen with so little understanding from employers.

Some 1.4 million people work as temps, contractors or interim managers every week. The flexible labour market is the best defence the UK has against rising unemployment as it is a highly effective way for people to keep earning while keeping their skills up to date.

Employers and recruiters must come together to ensure that equal treatment measures are workable and do not create the kind of cost and bureaucracy that would ultimately limit opportunities for job-seekers.

The RECs Agency Work Commission presented its practical recommendations to Government last month with the overriding message that the deployment of the regulations should be pushed back to later in 2011 so that employers and agencies have the time and space to implement effectively.

The Commissions recommendations also include the need for a comprehensive communication strategy aimed at employers and workers.

The CBI, British Chamber of Commerce and the CIPD all support the recommendations of the REC Commission. The Government is expected to launch its official consultation on how the EU Directive should be implemented in the UK after Easter.


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