Responding to the government’s new package of workplace reforms announced today (Monday 17 December), Recruitment & Employment Confederation chief executive Neil Carberry said:
“The Taylor review set out how valuable the UK’s flexible approach to work is for workers as well as employers, and that is reflected in today’s government response. Recruiters across the country will welcome the acknowledgement that temporary and agency work is a key part of a vibrant jobs market that delivers opportunity.
“Making sure workers have more knowledge of their rights at work – and greater ability to ensure flexibility works for them – is sensible.
“Agencies have always been clear that the Swedish derogation should not be an excuse for poor treatment. We favoured reforming the rules to ensure those whom were being adversely affected by the model were protected. Now that government has decided to remove Swedish derogation, it is essential that ministers engage with the recruitment sector to ensure that the transition away from this model is smooth for workers, agencies and clients.
“Looking ahead, public policy must do more to reflect the fact that many people choose to work flexibly. For example the REC asked for the apprenticeship levy to be broadened to include training for agency workers, which Taylor agreed with in his recommendations. We are therefore disappointed the government continues to drag its feet on something that could help agency workers develop and progress up the career ladder and provide added skills to employers.
“We also welcome greater focus on compliance, and resource for enforcement, particularly on umbrella companies, which we have long been calling for. This should help create a level playing field for recruiters.”
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