AWR latest – High end sectors showing little impact
Recent meetings of the Interim Management Association (IMA) and the REC's Technology Sector Group have included a specific focus on how the Agency Work Regulations (AWR) are impacting at the higher end of the temporary and contract market.
The feedback from members confirmed that the impact has so far been limited but that a number of client misconceptions about the regulations still need to be addressed. One interesting development is the use of the Swedish Derogation in sectors such as IT where the model is seen as a positive way of keeping highly skilled workers on the books of one agency rather than them working through a number of providers.
Discussions at recent REC sector group meetings have complemented the ongoing feedback from the wider REC membership that is being channelled through the AWR Monitor initiative.
Commenting on the latest discussions with recruiters, Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Professional Services says:
"It is encouraging to see that the regulations are having little or no impact so far at the higher end of the market. However, we must not take this for granted and must continue to raise awareness amongst client organisations of what the regulations mean and do not mean. The demand for contractors and interim managers remains strong despite the AWR coming into force in October and we will continue to monitor the situation as we approach the first 12 week milestone."
For further information on the REC's AWR Monitor, please go to http://www.rec.uk.com/regions-sectors/sectors/awr/awrmonitor