REC members flag concerns about AWR impact of minimum pay rate on jobs
As the REC launched its campaign to help members prepare for the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) on October 1 this year, members of several REC sector groups came together to discuss their concerns around AWR and the National Minimum Wage.
With a combined membership of more than 1500, REC Industrial, REC Construction, REC Drivers and REC Hospitality sector groups represent specialist recruiters that place candidates in markets heavily dependent on a temporary workforce employed on National Minimum Wage rates.
Following the meeting, Lewina Farrell, the REC’s Head of Professional Services said:
“The next nine months are crucial in terms of preparing our members for implementation of what is the most important piece of legislation for our industry in years.
“We are undertaking one of the most extensive support programmes the REC has ever mounted. It was good to see members from different sectors coming together to address common issues around AWR. We are aware of the impact that the regulations will have on sectors where national minimum wage rates are the norm.
“Once again we received very useful feedback from members and we will ensure that this is reflected in the final guidance document. Getting the guidance right will be the first step towards making these regulation workable in practice.
“As well as working with the Government our priority in the coming months is to keep working with our members so that they feel sure that they all the systems and knowledge in place to carry on providing high class services to their clients.”