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REC lands major industry review from Government

In a major win for the recruitment industry, Business Secretary Vince Cable MP is today announcing a comprehensive review of the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations (known as the 'Conduct Regulations') and the overall regulatory regime for the industry.

This announcement follows high-level discussions between the REC and the Department for Business (BIS) in recent months, and reflects the key recommendations of the REC's submission to the Government's Red Tape Challenge, an initiative to reduce burdens on business. The REC based its submission on the views of members and senior BIS officials engaged directly with the REC's Employment Policy Committee as part of their consultation process.

In its submission, the REC called for a review that reaches beyond the scope of the Red Tape Challenge to look more fundamentally at the legislation governing recruitment. The submission also highlighted the need to distinguish between rules which protect workers and candidates, and those which attempt to intervene in the normal business to business transactions between agencies and their clients.

REC Chief Executive Kevin Green commented:

'We are delighted that the Business Secretary has not only endorsed but wholly adopted the REC's proposals to look critically at the current regulations. Having modern, streamlined rules that allow businesses to easily access flexible staff, yet ensure high standards and professionalism in recruitment, is essential not only for our members, but the entire UK labour market.

'This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the recruitment industry to work in partnership with government to shape the regulatory landscape for the next decade. The REC will consult extensively on this and will ensure that members have a chance to input their views and ideas.

'Ultimately this shows that government intends to free up the recruitment industry so that it can do what it does best - help businesses get the talent they need to compete and help workers into jobs. In the current economic environment we are pleased the government recognises what recruiters do is critical for the UK jobs market.'

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