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REC Voice Heard By Minister

REC Voice Heard By Minister

Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) met with Lord Young, the Minister for Employment Relations yesterday to discuss the Agency Work Directive.

Commenting on the meeting, Kevin Green said: "We used this meeting to emphasise how pleased we were that the Government listened to the REC and its members not to implement the Agency Workers Directive until October 2011. Immediate implementation would have been disastrous for the UK jobs market. We explained we still had concerns about some of the detail for example how the 12 week qualifying period is calculated and how temp to perm fees will be treated.

The devil is in the detail and we will be using the current eight week consultation period to gain even more feedback from members to make sure that the regulations do not hinder the day to day supply of temporary workers."

The REC made practical recommendations on how to implement equal treatment in the UK in February 2009 following meetings of the Agency Work Commission. The Commission was made up of employers, recruiters, employment lawyers and business bodies such as the CIPD. Many of these recommendations have been taken on board by Government in the draft regulations.

In addition, the Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills, will be speaking at the RECs first National Convention on November 26th just prior to the closing of the consultation on the draft agency work regulations.

The Convention presents an excellent opportunity to make sure the voice of recruiters is heard at the highest levels of Government.

The REC also announced that Essential Education, a specialist education recruitment agency based in Bury has been awarded the DCSF Quality Mark.

This accolade demonstrates that they have achieved the highest standard of recruitment selection and vetting of supply teachers.

Essential Education offers services in education recruitment across the Greater Manchester areas. The agency was founded in 2005 by Ben Horrocks and has quickly gained a reputation for offering an excellent service to schools

Managing Director Ben Horrocks said: Im extremely proud and delighted that we have been awarded the Quality Mark. It is recognition of Essential Educations high standards of recruitment and vetting and gives increased confidence to our schools that our standards are of the highest in the industry.

Kevin Green, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, which manages the Quality Mark scheme, said: Essential Education is to be congratulated for excelling itself in reaching the optimum standard for recruiting supply teachers. This standard is becoming increasingly recognised within the industry as guaranteeing effective and ethical provision of supply teachers who are so crucial to the lifeblood of schools.

Supply teachers make an increasingly important contribution to the smooth running of schools. At the same time, it is essential to ensure that supply staff that are being placed within the schools are of the required standard and have been correctly vetted by the agency supplying them.

Within this context, the Governments Quality Mark Scheme plays a crucial role by providing a recognisable quality threshold and by promoting high standards in the provision of supply teachers.

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