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Recrutiment & Employment Confederation

The REC has been a leading voice with government and in the media during the pandemic.

We were the first representative on the Government’s Professional and Business Services sector council, and the first recruitment body to be appointed as one of the Government's Business Representative Organisations to support the national response to Coronavirus.

We fought hard to create the furlough scheme with other business bodies, and were delighted that our efforts were recognised by the Chancellor. We also won a seat at the table in government discussion on Brexit, trade and immigration, and the Apprenticeship levy.

Looking ahead, we’re aiming for a step change in attitudes towards recruiters. We're working on a new major report on the value of recruitment to the UK economy – that you can use in pitches to demonstrate why quality should matter to your clients.

As a ​​​​not-for-profit organisation, we exist to fight for recruitment businesses like yours, but we can only continue to do that with your support.

We work alongside our members on many of our campaigns - to get involved with our outreach to government and media, or to renew your Corporate membership for 2021, contact your Account Manager.

The road ahead will be tough - but the opportunities are out there in 2021. We're in your corner: work with us, be part of what we're doing.

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Our 2021 campaigning priorities


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Recovery from the pandemic, including unemployment support

  • We will champion the importance of our flexible labour market to the economic recovery. 
  • Our major new campaign will focus on the economic and social importance of recruiters to the UK.
  • We want to ensure the government taps into the expertise of recruitment professionals at this period of disruption, to tackle unemployment.

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.
  • Retraining and upskilling needs to be high on the agenda following the rapid rise in unemployment. We will continue to call for the Apprenticeship Levy to be unlocked to help the progression for almost a million temporary workers by allowing the levy to be used for shorter training courses.
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Trade and immigration post Brexit

  • We must demonstrate the global expertise and strength of the UK recruitment industry. Recruitment industry growth abroad has provided UK businesses with huge opportunities and is an important UK export. Getting a good deal for services is vital for our economy.
  • With a new immigration system from January, our priority is making sure that the progression to the new system is smooth for recruiters.
  • We will campaign to ensure the system is able to adapt to a changing labour market, so that the UK has access to the skills and people we need.

Regulatory change: ensuring a level playing field for business to thrive

  • We want government to recognise how some changes this year, implemented because of COVID-19, have had beneficial impacts to the economy, e.g. right to work changes.
  • We will campaign on the Employment Bill for the regulation of umbrella companies. The Bill will also create the template for a Single Enforcement Body and put forward policies to address one-sided flexibility. We will make our voice heard to ensure the Bill works for the recruitment industry.
  • We are standing up for members in procurement negotiations with framework providers.
  • We will ensure that enforcement is effective as technology changes, so that recruitment models and workers are protected.
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Renew your REC Corporate membership

As a not-for profit organisation, we exist to fight for recruitment businesses like yours, but we can only continue to do that with your support.

If you are responsible for renewing your business's Corporate membership, you can do so now by contacting your REC Account Manager.