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Working in partnership crucial to safeguarding standards, says REC Industrial Group

Working in partnership crucial to safeguarding standards, says REC Industrial Group

Increased co-operation between government bodies, labour inspectorates and recruitment agencies was identified as a major priority at the latest meeting of the RECs Industrial Sector Group. The event involved representatives from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) as well as recruiters specialised in the industrial sector.

Examples of enhanced co-operation included joint operations between the GLA and the UK Border Agency, improved information flows between EU labour inspectorates and UKcounterparts and closer co-operation recruitment industry representatives and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA).

At the same time the REC legal and professional standards teams recently met with the Department for Business to discuss closer co-operation between BIS Inspectors and the RECs own assessment officers.

Following the meeting, Sally Hewick, chair of REC Industrial, said:

It is crucial for industrial recruiters to come together to discuss the hot topics in our sector. Enhancing professional standards and driving a compliance agenda is high up on the list. Effective enforcement of existing legislation such as the Gangmaster Licensing Act and the Conduct Regulations is at the heart of this. As a group we make sure that we educate our membership and we expect everyone to play by the rules.

The current economic times, although extremely difficult, present us with a unique opportunity. We need to come together to develop innovative partnerships that enable us to deliver cost-effective services and to demonstrate the added value we provide to our clients. Frontline recruiters have an important role to play and our group will work closely with the GLA and other government bodies to safeguard the interests of the industry.

As well as working closely with Government inspectorates, the REC is driving an ongoing compliance and professionalisation agenda through Codes of Practice , industry qualifications and initiatives such as the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP).


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