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Inaugural Meeting of REC Flexible Work Commission

Inaugural Meeting of REC Flexible Work Commission

This week saw the inaugural meeting of the REC’s Flexible Work Commission, chaired by David Frost CBE, the former Chief Executive of the British Chambers of Commerce.

Held at the REC's head office on Monday, the first Commission meeting included a diverse range of employers and recruiters including BSkyB, Manpower and Women Like Us, as well as noted industry stakeholders and think-tanks such as CIPD, PCG, FCSA and Policy Exchange.

The Commission has been convened to assess the importance of the UK’s flexible labour market, identify barriers to greater flexibility and produce a series of recommendations to Government and business on how to overcome these challenges to bolster UK competitiveness, economic growth and create jobs.

The first meeting was about scoping the Commission’s work and included debate on the concepts of flexibility in the workplace versus flexible employment models.  The Commission identified the knowledge gap around managing flexible workforces and the potential ramifications of the Government extending legislation on flexible working.

David Frost said:  "The UK’s flexible labour market has long been acknowledged as a significant competitive advantage and a driver of investment and growth in this country. But with 2.6 million unemployed and the UK hovering close to a double-dip recession, it is more important than ever that we think critically about flexibility.

“Employers are adopting a more flexible approach not only as a temporary retention strategy, but as a permanent and sustainable solution to more competitiveness."

Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive added: “This is a critical development in our work to champion flexibility as one of the UK’s key drivers of employment growth over the next decade. The recruitment industry is keen and ready to enhance its role as the facilitator of increased workplace flexibility.”

The next meeting of the Commission takes place on February 21 2012.

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