Adecco, the UK’s largest recruiter, warns that employers have less than five months to prepare

Andy Smith, Head of Regulation and Employment Law, Adecco Group, UK & Ireland:

“With less than five months to go until the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) come into force, employers can no-longer afford to bury their heads in the sand. This is a significant piece of legislation and getting it wrong could have major resourcing, financial and legal implications.

“Our recent research*, found that over two thirds of HR professionals (67%) are yet to plan a structured timeline of activity to prepare for the regulations, while nearly half (48%) have not assessed the implications for their workforce. It’s not too late, but those that fail to take steps to prepare now, could find themselves coming unstuck when the regulations come into effect on the 1st October.

“By working with recruitment agencies and following the Government guidance, companies can easily navigate this new legislation, allowing them to continue benefiting from this valuable element of the workforce.”