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Cogent Staffing gains GLAA licence

Cogent Staffing has been successful in obtaining its Gangmasters licence.

Cogent Staffing, based on Old Lane, has been awarded its licence by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) which operates a licensing scheme to regulate the provision of workers for roles in the UK fresh produce sector – agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and any associated processing and packaging.

The agency, which supplies industrial, technical and commercial candidates to the engineering, manufacturing, FMCG and logistics sectors, will work in partnership with the GLAA to protect vulnerable and exploited workers and is now authorised to act as a Gangmaster in relation to the supply of temporary labour to the agriculture, horticulture, and processing and packaging sectors.

Under the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act it is a criminal offence to supply workers for roles in the fresh produce sector without a licence and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison. In the last month alone there have been four known violations of the Gangmasters Act resulting in raids, arrests and suspected individuals being questioned over slavery offences.

Sam Gaukroger, managing director of Cogent Staffing, said, “The fresh produce sector is one of the largest and busiest sectors in the UK, employing over 3.4 million people across the whole of the country. As a recruitment agency, we felt it was important to widen our service offering to include the provision of workers to this huge industry.

“As authorised Gangmasters, we are proud to work with the GLAA to protect our workers and contribute to ending modern slavery. We are also excited to begin working with a variety of employers within the fresh produce sector to assist them with their staffing needs.”

The GLAA Licence was awarded to the recruitment agency following an independent audit.

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