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Recruiters encouraged to speak as one

Recruiters encouraged to speak as one on proposed regulation changes

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has launched a survey of its membership on the proposed changes to the Employment Agencies Act Conduct Regulations which govern how recruitment agencies must operate.

The consultation looks in particular at modelling entertainment agencies, the opt-out for Limited Company Contractors and requirements to agree terms with work seekers and hirers as well as those covering the placement of advertisements.

Commenting on the significance of this latest Government review of the EAA regulations, Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of External Relations, said: The REC has the opportunity to streamline some of the administration that recruiters encounter in the recruitment process.

Hadley continued: The consultation will be of particular interest to those recruitment companies involved in engaging Limited Company Contractors (LCCs). The REC played a leading role in securing an opt-out for LCCs during the last major review of the Regulations in 2003 and we will need to take forward a strong collective voice in order to achieve a similarly positive outcome this time around.

The consultation document opens the door for a number of positive developments such as limiting some of the administration linked to permanent recruitment.

Commenting on this, Hadley concludes: Some of the changes could lead to efficiency savings and we will continue to put pressure on Government to deliver on its better regulation agenda. Making it easier to place work seekers into permanent positions is especially important in the current economic climate and will also be of real benefit to the executive end of the market.

The REC is in regular dialogue with the Department for Business and the input from our members will enable us to put forward practical solutions that meet the needs of recruiters on the front line of the labour market.
Recruiters wishing to respond to the survey should go to http://www.rec.uk.com/eaa-survey

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