100 Days Diagnosis - The Government's direction of travel is good: now is the time for concrete action, says Green
Today, the new coalition Government reaches its 100 day milestone with the REC’s overall assessment being that it has the right intentions but now needs to follow-up with concrete action on jobs and regulations.
Taking stock of initial policy announcements, Kevin Green, the REC's Chief Executive, says:
“There have already been important and positive outcomes on some issues, including the decision to rule out any further licensing on the recruitment industry and the creation of a level playing field for recruiters in relation to travel and dispensation schemes.
“The rhetoric about less bureaucracy sounds great but we have yet to see much action. Ensuring that the Agency Worker Regulations are workable will be a major test of the Government’s resolve.
"Following our recent meeting with the Employment Relations Minister Ed Davey, we will continue to seek a limited review and to underline the need for practical and user-friendly guidance. We will also push the Department for Business to be brave in its intended review of all employment legislation.
“The Government needs to be increasingly pro-active in boosting job creation in the private sector. Recent announcements on simplifying business taxation and cutting red tape have been well-received but there are question marks over whether the private sector can absorb expected job losses in the public sector. Getting this right is one of the main tests for the coalition Government."
“The reviews announced in relation to pensions reform, the Vetting and Barring Scheme and IR35 are all welcome. However, it is the outcomes of these reviews that will really matter. The ongoing input from members will ensure that the REC is at the forefront of these discussions and that we continue to put forward practical solutions.
“The fact that the Government has actively sought the views and input of the REC on all the key areas - including meetings with relevant Ministers - is great news for the recruitment industry in the UK.
“The Government's direction of travel is good. We now want to see more action especially on specific areas of concern for recruiters such as the Agency Work Regulations."