As the Government today (Friday 25rd July) discusses future policy with the trade unions, the REC has called on it to be strong in countering demands for yet more regulations that could impact on the recruitment industry.

The Cabinet will be meeting with the Labour National Policy Forum to discuss the future direction of party policy and employment law is likely to be on the agenda. The REC was invited to speak directly to the Forum earlier this year.

Tom Hadley, the REC’s Director of External Relations who attended the National Policy Forum, said: ‘’The positive contribution of the industry is widely recognised by the Government and to some extent by the trade unions themselves. However, we know that there will be calls from trade unions for more regulation to be put in place with regards to the rights of agency workers and the extension of licensing to specific sectors of the recruitment industry.”

Hadley concluded: “At this delicate time for the UK labour market, it is more important than ever that the Government is not swayed  and that the focus is on ensuring that the European Directive on agency workers is implemented in the UK in a way that does not harm our temporary and contract work model.”

The REC has good relations with the Employment Minister, Pat McFadden who is also chair of the National Policy Forum.

The Minister spoke at its One in a Million awards ceremony and has previously spoken of the valuable role employment agencies play in providing a stepping stone into permanent employment.

Source: The Recruitment and Employment Confederation