Recruiters responding to enforcement drive
Recruiters responding to enforcement drive, says REC Academy for Business
Enhanced enforcement activity from Government inspectorates has increased demand for business support and underlined the need for recruiters to be up to speed with all regulatory requirements. On the back of this, the Recruitment and Employment Confederations Academy for Business (A4B) is geared up to providing compliance training and mentoring support.
The Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS) which sits within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills- has increased its number of inspectors. Recent high-profile investigations have focused on recruitment agencies within the education and driving sectors.
In addition, recruiters have to contend with a number of other inspectorates including HMRC, HSE, UK Borders Agency and the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).
Although there are some concerns over how inspections are targeted and co-ordinated, the REC supports the overall aims of the enforcement campaign.
Commenting on the practical implications for recruiters, Judith Armatage, Director of Professional Development within the RECs Academy for Business says:
The REC has consistently called on inspections to be targeted principally at rogue providers but it is clear that all businesses are having to tighten procedures and enhance awareness of compliance issues amongst their staff. As well as avoiding potential fines, it is crucial to avoid any reputational damage. Recognised Certificate and Diploma qualification programmes are one of way of raising awareness amongst recruiters and there are positive signs that the industry is rising to the challenge of an increasingly complex regulatory environment.
The RECs Certificate and Diploma qualifications include a specific focus on complying with the Conduct Regulations and other legislation.
The RECs Business Law training courses also focus on compliance and other practical tools for agencies include the REC Audited Scheme and mentoring schemes though the REC Academy for Business.