Tags: Agency Workers

AWR 6 months on – Regulations have created rallying call rather than final call for UK’s agency market

April 1st 2012 marks six months since the controversial Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) came into force. Although the new rules have created significant bureaucracy and cost for the UK’s £25 billion recruitment industry, the demand for temporary and contract staff has remained strong and looks set to grow over the coming year. Despite fears that…

Recruitment agencies display ‘casual racial discrimination’, alleges charity

Jobseekers from ethnic minority backgrounds are not treated by recruitment agencies in an equal way to white candidates, according to Race for Opportunity (RfO). Research released by the charity today claims that over the past 12 months only 29 per cent of candidates from a black, Asian or ethnic minority backgrounds going through a recruitment…

Flexible staffing is part of the solution, says Chair of REC Healthcare

An article in today’s Daily Mirror has raised the issue over the role of temporary staff in the NHS and within Government Departments. REC Healthcare has responded by highlighting the positive contribution that temporary and locum workers make and by underlining the benefits of flexible staffing arrangements. In the article, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham…

Nearly a third of businesses expected to terminate temp contracts early because of Agency Workers Regulations

* Survey among recruiters * 19% of recruiters think AWR is supressing demand for temps Nearly a third of organisations (29%) are likely to terminate contractors and temporary workers assignments prematurely because of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), according to research by the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo). A poll among recruiters found that…

Agency Workers Regulations not hitting use of temporary staff

Figures from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) appear to refute claims that employers will lay off large numbers of temporary workers this week to get around the requirements of the new Agency Workers Regulations (AWR). The December release of the REC’s jobs outlook figures shows that 81% of employers plan to either grow their…

Agency Workers Regulations not hitting use of temporary staff

Last month’s release of the REC’s jobs outlook figures shows that 81% of employers plan to either grow their agency workforce or keep it at existing levels. Of those businesses, 31% planned to increase the size of their temporary workforce in the short term, compared with 22% at the same point last year. Under the…

Some seasonal cheer as short term demand for agency staff grows and longer term hiring plans remain stable

Despite the latest economic predictions, data from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation is showing some glimmers of light with a slight improvement in longer term hiring intentions and strong demand for temporary staff to meet seasonal demand. The monthly report found: Temps still in strong demand: Despite the Agency Workers Regulations coming into force in…

Ten-point regulatory reform plan for growth put forward

A Tory MP has put forward a ten-point plan for regulatory reform to boost growth. Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, says he consulted business groups as well as a number of legal experts to outline ten specific policy areas where he believes progress could be made. He said: “Today, the race to the…

No decrease in temporary workers

A snapshot poll by specialist temporary and interim recruiter, Venn Group (www.venngroup.com), has revealed that 90% of respondents are likely to continue to use agency workers, despite the arrival of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR). These results correlate closely with recent REC statistics, which indicate that 22% of employers plan to increase their use of…

Demand for agency workers remains robust

With the Agency Workers Regulations now just days away from implementation, employers remain committed to the use of temporary staff over the next three months, according to the REC’s latest JobsOutlook . A total of 22 per cent of employers expect to increase the number of temps within their workforce over the next three months…

Agency Workers: too few employers are consulting its specialist employment advisory

Croner finds too few employer enquiries about the new Agency Worker Regulations a worrying prospect With less than two weeks to go until the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) come into force, Croner is urging businesses that rely on agency workers to consider the impact this will have on their company. The new law requires employers…

Confusion still lies around Impending agency workers regulations

Despite there being only two months to go to get adequate compliance processes in place, many employers are still confused about the implications for their business of the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR),reveals new research from Adecco, the UK’s largest recruiter. Adecco’s latest survey of nearly 500 HR professionals found that respondents were particularly unclear…

Russam GMS crowned best interim provider

Russam GMS won the Best Interim Provider award at The Recruitment Consultant Industry awards 2011. This award follows the company’s winning of Best Interim Recruitment Provider at the Recruiter awards last year. Russam GMS, the UK’s longest established interim management provider, won the award as a result of its many initiatives such as Interim Women…

Permanent workforces set to grow, says REC

Despite current economic uncertainties, confidence among employers has steadied with 64 per cent expecting to increase their permanent workforce in the next three months. There was also a positive outlook for the longer-term picture with 65 per cent of employers saying they expected to increase their workforce over the next twelve months. Only six per…