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Proposed changes to UK regulation of online recruitment.

Proposed changes to UK regulation of online recruitment. Your Invitation to a meeting at Osborne Clarke in February.

The UK Government is current considering the regulatory regime applying to recruitment and staffing services.

Osborne Clarke has been asked to provide input on the legislation from the point of view of social recruiters, career sites, online recruiters, online exchanges, job boards and jobsites. The UK Regulator’s view is that many of these businesses are likely to be caught by current regulation and, as such, in some cases are arguably committing criminal offences. Obviously the law has not kept up with commercial developments.

There is a real opportunity to help re-shape the legislation in a way which provides more clarity and enables entrepreneurs to run businesses without fear of criminal breach by the company and its officers. The meeting with BIS will cover whatever is of interest to the industry including the possibility of liberalising the regime relating to charges to work-seekers.

The Government is aware of the concerns raised by online businesses and that the nature of these online services can make it difficult to be compliant with the current regulatory regime. It has responded positively to consultation in the past, but more changes are needed.  However it is not a foregone conclusion that all changes needed by online recruiters will be made so now is the time to act.

If you run an online business and would like to be involved in the meeting with BIS please contact Kevin Barrow ( or Frances Lewis ( for details.  Numbers will be limited.”


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