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REC highlights value of flexible working patterns to Parliamentary Group

REC highlights value of flexible working patterns to Parliamentary Group

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green represented the recruitment industry at the latest meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on freelancing. This provided a high-profile platform for underlining the benefits of flexible working patterns and the role that recruiters play within the UK's flexible labour market.

The all-party group of MPs and peers was brought together by the Professional Contractors Group (PCG) to discuss the value of freelancing and flexible working to the UK economy. The latest meeting included evidence from academics and industry leaders on the crucial role that these workers play and on the need to address potential barriers to flexible work and freelancing.

Commenting after the meeting, Kevin Green said:

“Flexible working practices were one of the main reasons employment held up comparatively well during the recession, and can also bring significant benefits now that the economy is recovering. The relative ease of doing business in the UK, and the flexibility of our labour market, is one of our key competitive advantages. We need to do everything possible to hold on to this and to enhance it wherever possible.

“The benefits are not only economic. Evidence shows that people who have taken control of their careers through freelancing and other forms of self-employment have higher levels of job satisfaction, as well as general health and wellbeing. The APPG is an excellent vehicle to bring these arguments straight to the heart of government. We will continue to work constructively with the PCG on this agenda.”

Looking ahead at some of the future initiatives that the REC will be taking forward in this area, Kevin Green concludes:

“This event confirmed that workforce flexibility will be crucial for the economy as we move out of recession. This is why the REC has decided to establish a Flexible Work Commission which will go live over the coming months. We will bring together leading employers and employment experts to discuss practical measures for removing residual barriers and for further expanding the UK’s flexible workforce.”


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