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REC Technology hears about potential impact of AWR on IT recruiters

REC Technology hears about potential impact of AWR on IT recruiters
IT recruiters cannot afford to be complacent about the Agency Worker Regulations, REC Technology members heard at a meeting in Manchester last Thursday.
Employment law specialists Rehan Pasha, of Squire Sanders Hammond, and Simon Bloch, of Brabners Chaffe Street, addressed the first meeting for members of REC Technology to be held outside London. Determining whether a worker would be covered by AWR was the most difficult issue highlighted. Although the majority of IT contractors see themselves as self-employed, working through limited companies or umbrella structures, this will not automatically take them out of scope, members heard.
Other issues, such as bonus payments and day one rights like access to shared facilities, could also become contentious.
Commenting after the meeting, Jeff Brooks, REC Technologys Chair, said:
Many IT recruiters have assumed that, as their candidates are self-employed and better paid than their permanent equivalents, AWR would simply not affect them.  However, Rehan and Simon helpfully highlighted the areas where trouble could arise, and underlined how important it is that members fully prepare themselves.
Recruiters who talk to their clients well in advance and make the transition as smooth as possible can in fact enjoy an advantage over their competitors. To help members to do this effectively, there is an excellent support package available through the RECs website, and we are also developing specific guidance for recruiters dealing with self-employed workers and limited company contractors.
The meeting was not only very useful for the members who attended, but also an endorsement of the value of holding such meetings outside the South East, which we will do on an annual basis.


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