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APSCo very encouraged by BIS consultation on Conduct Regulations Review

APSCo & lsquo;very encouraged’ by BIS consultation on Conduct Regulations Review

Clearest indication yet that Government recognises difference between professional and vulnerable workers

APSCo says that it has received the clearest indication yet, from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), that it recognises the difference between those that provide lower paid and potentially vulnerable workers – and those that supply professional staff.

“The Government’s statement at the beginning of the consultation clearly acknowledges the need to minimise legislation and focus it on those workers who may be at risk of exploitation. As a trade association, APSCo has always very clearly defined its role as acting on behalf of recruiters operating in professional sectors and so we are very encouraged by the suggestion that any legislation needs to be appropriately targeted” says Ann Swain, Chief Executive.  “We have spoken to BIS about producing legislation which avoids a & lsquo;one size fits all’ approach and will continue to lobby for this issue to be reflected in the new regulations. Consequently we are very pleased that Caroline Daly Senior Policy Advisor, at the Labour Market Directorate has indicated a wish to engage with our members directly to hear their views.”

APSCo says it is also encouraged by the fact that the consultation is not simply reviewing the current legislation. It believes there is a real will within BIS to focus on the fundamental principles which need protecting, which they have defined as follows:

Employment businesses and employment agencies are restricted from charging fees to work-seekers  

There is clarity on who is responsible for paying temporary workers for  the work they have done

The contracts people have with recruitment firms should not hinder their movement between jobs, and temp-to-perm transfer fees are reasonable

Work-seekers have the confidence to use the sector and are able to assert their rights

“Once these have been defined through the consultation process, the regulations will be rewritten around these principles.  Potentially then, the rest of the current legislation could be deregulated which would be very good news for our members,” adds Swain. “To my mind this all points towards a real desire for regulations that are, at last, fit for purpose.”


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