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REC takes industry message to Home Office Business Advisory Panel

REC takes industry message to Home Office Business Advisory Panel
 
The REC was invited to attend the Home Offices Business Advisory Panel Meeting last week to put forward the views of its members on a number of topical issues, including immigration policy, vetting and barring and better regulation.
 
The Panel is made up of senior Government officials as well as other leading business organisations and trade bodies. Home Office representatives acknowledged the industrys position on the proposed immigration cap and confirmed they would be taking the views of the REC and other business groups into account when finalising the policy over the coming months.
 
The meeting also touched upon the Vetting and Barring Scheme, an issue on which the REC has been lobbying for some time. The Government confirmed that the terms of reference for the review of the scheme would be announced after the party conference season and that a decision with regard to the scope of the scheme would be announced in December.
 
Commenting on the outcome of the meeting, Scott Pendry, REC Policy Advisor, said:
 
It was encouraging to see first-hand that the views of the REC and the UK recruitment industry are being taken on board by senior Home Office officials. A sensible and pragmatic approach to both immigration and safe recruitment is needed to ensure that the UK jobs market remains fluid. The practical feedback from recruitment professionals is central to our lobbying voice and the Business Advisory Panels is just one of the platforms that enable us to take our messages to the highest levels of Government.

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