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REC calls on the Cabinet Office to recognise the value of agency work

REC calls on the Cabinet Office to recognise the value of agency work 
 
Responding to comments made by the Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude at the Delivering More for Less conference, the REC has re-emphasised the need to recognise the value that temporary workers bring to the public sector.
 
In his speech, Francis Maude identified Government plans to streamline the procurement process as well as detailing the cost cutting measures already put in place.  Specific mention was given to the fact that savings had already been made- including a decrease of 75 per cent in permanent appointments decreasing and the spend on Agency workers decreasing by 30 per cent.
 
Commenting on the speech, Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of Policy and Professional Services, said:
 
Whilst we welcome announcements to ease the burdens surrounding the procurement process, it is worrying that temporary workers are again seen as an easy target and that slashing agency budgets  is seen as an end in itself.  We must move away from this perception.  The reality is that agency staff are often highly trained professionals providing specialised skills and making a huge contribution to front line services.  
 
Private sector organisations are increasingly recognising the benefits that temporary staff provide. Agency work is a core element of most cost-effective resourcing strategies but is still too often seen within the public sector as an unnecessary cost that can easily be cut. Of course costs need to be carefully managed, but flexible staffing arrangements and the use of specialised recruitment providers are crucial means of delivering services and supporting the core workforce.

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