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The ARC rejects attacks by Ed Milliband on the recruitment industry

The ARC rejects attacks by Ed Milliband on the recruitment industry

Ed Miliband MP, and Labour leader has enjoyed a heightened profile after his signature address to the party faithful at the annual Labour conference in Manchester. In it, he has again criticised the recruitment industry. The ARC are now exploring the roots of this negativity - which stems from the assertion that access to work is denied to some UK born jobseekers because providers run policies to only hire foreign workers.

Adrian Marlowe, chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) says “it is not reasonable to single out recruitment agencies for doing the best for their clients while many EU workers have been willing to work for less than their UK counterparts. When agencies follow the instructions of their clients it does not mean they pay illegal rates.

Mr Miliband had made similar comments last June* implying that the recruitment industry is set for a crackdown under any future labour government. In his speech on immigration to the Institute for Public Policy Research Miliband asserted that & lsquo;some recruitment agencies operating in Britain are now effectively open solely to foreign workers. They exclude local workers from their books’. He added that & lsquo;It’s happening because it is a part of our economy that has not been subject to sufficient rules and regulations. We need to change it.’

On behalf of The ARC membership, Adrian Marlowe is writing to the Labour Party for clarity and examples regarding the problems, and the nature of any proposed changes. Adrian says “An attack on agencies is entirely unnecessary, as the recruitment industry is no more subject to discrimination charges than any other sector. Infact, it performs a sterling role for its clients in keeping the UK as an attractive and flexible place in which to do business.“

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