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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

Our 2022 campaigning priorities

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Long-term workforce planning

  • Building on our labour and skills shortage campaign, we will use our position as labour market experts to influence policy. We are calling for government to establish a cross-departmental taskforce, working in conjunction with business and industry to address long-term workforce planning to ensure a buoyant talent pipeline to support UK employers.  
  • We will campaign to ensure our immigration system is able to adapt to a changing labour market, so that the UK has access to the skills and people we need.
  • As part of its levelling up agenda, we want to ensure government taps into the expertise of recruitment professionals, to tackle unemployment, regional disparities, and productivity.

Good recruitment, diversity and inclusion

  • We will highlight the role great recruiters play in driving D&I. This includes ensuring that as an industry we can show progress in becoming more diverse and inclusive.
  • We will continue to work with members to ensure they can spot the signs of modern slavery.
  • We will continue to call for changes to the Apprenticeship Levy to enable almost a million temporary workers to progress and benefit from the levy for shorter training courses.
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Regulatory change: ensuring a level playing field for recruitment businesses to thrive

  • We will continue to work with government to ensure that umbrella company regulations work in the interests of our members and workers. Once established, we will campaign to ensure that the SEB retains existing levels of expertise and can distinguish between intentional and non-intentional compliance in its approach to handling breaches.
  • We will campaign for the review and reform of legislation which has unintended consequences for agencies and agency workers. Far too often policy and legislation is designed without due consideration to the model of employment for agency workers meaning that there is a lack of clarity or difficulty in implementation. We will campaign to ensure that legislation fairly represents everyone working in the UK. 
  • We will continue to stand up for members in procurement negotiations with framework providers.

Future of Work

  • We will raise awareness about future skills needs, particularly for green jobs. We will work with government to identify potential skills and labour gaps and develop approaches and policy solutions to address them.

  • We will highlight the role that recruiters can play in helping to achieve net zero, both within their own organisations and with candidates and clients.

  • We will work with members to help them achieve their own ambitions regarding net zero targets.

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