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Reports in the press today have alleged that Prime Minister David Cameron is considering making changes to the upcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR).

PCG believes that any changes that would make the AWR clearer and simpler would benefit the UK’s 1.4 million freelancers, and would send the strongest message that these workers are not the intended targets of this legislation.

PCG’s Managing Director, John Brazier stated:

“Though freelancers who genuinely supply their services as businesses to other companies are exempt from the AWR, any moves to make this as clear as possible are to be welcomed.  Freelancers are the UK’s smallest businesses, and the &pound21bn their flexibility adds to the economy should never be hindered by unnecessary legislation. 

“However, it is not clear if any change to these laws is feasible this late in the day, and we will be seeking further information on this from the Government.   It is vital that unnecessary confusion is avoided at a crucial time for agencies and freelance workers.”

The Government has said that it intends to review the legislation in 2013, but there have been suggestions the laws could be reviewed next year instead- providing an opportunity to simplify the legislation with ample time to prepare.

Mr Brazier added:

“PCG worked closely with the Government prior to the introduction of the AWR to ensure freelancers were out of scope, and thanks to guidance from PCG  most businesses are fully aware that freelancers who are & lsquo;in business’ are not covered by these laws. If the Government elects to review the AWR after a year of operation, PCG will of course continue to offer its support and guidance to make the new laws as clear as possible for freelancers.”

PCG is monitoring developments closely and will keep its members updated of any possible future changes to the AWR. For information on the AWR please visit


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