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REC response to EAS annual report

REC response to EAS annual report

EAS report shines the light on compliance

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has pledged its continued support to the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) Inspectorate in its work to address examples of bad practice within the industry. This follows the publication the EAS 2009-2010 Annual Report which shows an increase in the number of complaints against recruitment businesses and agencies.

A total of 1,714 complaints, a 9% increase on the previous year, was received by the EAS, part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the majority of these being against employment agencies working in the industrial, construction and drivers sectors.

Going forward, the EAS states in the report that it will working closely with industry bodies to develop better guidance on their legal obligations and raise awareness of the regulations governing all businesses working in recruitment and staffing.

Commenting on the findings of the Report, Lewina Farrell, the RECs Head of Professional Services, said:

The increasing number of complaints shows that there is a growing awareness of Government enforcement mechanisms amongst employers and job-seekers. The focus on raising awareness of the EAS has mirrored the RECs own work on compliance issues such as the Serious about Standards campaign. For recruiters, the key is to ensure that all staff are up to speed with their regulatory obligations.

Our message to Government is that enforcement activities must be properly co-ordinated and targeted. Rogue providers that deliberately and systematically flout regulations must be dealt with: the REC will continue to work closely with the EAS and other Government Inspectorates to deliver the best possible enforcement system for the industry.


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