ARC response to Government decision on Agency Workers Regulations
Commenting on the announcements of Edward Davey that the Agency Workers regulations will not be changed Adrian Marlowe Chair of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) said:
Throughout the process the ARC has made extensive and detailed representations on behalf of our members. I am pleased that we were able to persuade the government not to gold plate the regulations. The result is that equal treatment is now limited to terms and conditions in force at the hirer organisation. This allows employers to continue to take advantage of the flexibility that agency workers provide of real value in these uncertain economic conditions.
However, we are disappointed that other pragmatic amendments suggested more recently by the ARC will not be made. We had lobbied to reduce unnecessary ambiguities and complexities, in order to minimise confusion and the inevitable costs incurred for all - including the Employment Tribunal Service.
Nevertheless, the fact that a decision has been made, allows agencies and hirers to prepare for the new regime, which is due to start in October 2011 and is therefore to be welcomed.
This will inevitably be a busy time for ARC providing advice for our members and helping steer them through the complex regulations.