Tags: temporary workers

Nearly 70% of recruitment agencies are expecting a shortage of temporary agency workers over the Christmas period. Research from de Poel, the number one procurer of temporary agency labour, shows that recruitment agencies are expecting heavy shortages in most sectors, including retail but especially in the logistics and care sector. The festive period sees a…

Employers are seeking to expand their temporary agency workforce in the short and medium terms, according to the REC’s latest Jobs Outlook. The findings of the survey confirms that the overall outlook for jobs remains unknown but offering flexible working options such as temporary and contract could potentially be the olive branch that for job…

The REC has stepped up its campaign on the Agency Workers Regulations. In addition to ongoing dialogue with members and employers, the REC recently met with senior officials at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the European Commission to discuss implementation issues. Commenting on industry priorities in the run-up to the October…

The REC will be taking the chair at the Managing a Temporary Workforce conference in central London on April 29. The one day conference, organised by Symposium Events, will focus on the legal and practical implications of the Agency Workers Regulations which come into force in October next year as well as identifying the general…

New figures published 11 March reveal that since April the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS) has won back nearly £200,000 in unpaid wages for agency workers. This is treble the amount clawed back in the previous year. The latest figures came as EAS published new targets to ensure that vulnerable agency workers get even better…

The REC has been confirmed as keynote speaker at the Managing a Temporary Workforce conference, which is taking place in central London on April 29.  This one-day conference, organised by Symposium Events in association with HR Review, will focus on the legal and practical implications of the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations as well as identifying general trends in how employers…

Widespread evidence of the mistreatment and exploitation of migrant and agency workers in the meat and poultry processing sector has been discovered by an Equality and Human Rights Commission inquiry. Workers reported physical and verbal abuse and a lack of proper health and safety protection, with the treatment of pregnant workers a particular concern. Many…

The impact of the recession has put a burden on recruitment agencies and firms looking to employ new staff, it has been claimed. TalentPuzzle said many employers have been inundated with CVs and applications which have not always lived up to the job requirements. Furthermore, research by the company found 86 per cent of the…

The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (“the Regulations”) were published in January 2010. With implementation delayed to 1 October 2011, it may feel like the pressure is off for now. However, whilst there may be time for reflection, it is not a time for inertia. As the cost of the Regulations is estimated to be 0.3…

Following last month’s publication of the Agency Worker’s Directive (AWD) regulations, the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)  has been in discussions with the Department for Business (BIS) on next steps and areas of ongoing concern for the industry. The REC has subsequently received confirmation from Pat McFadden MP, Minister for Business Innovation and Skills that the…

Thirty-eight agencies, in the teaching and childcare sectors, have been issued with warnings by the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate (EAS) for failing to comply with the law. Eleven agencies were not following the correct processes when carrying out identity and qualification checks on people they planned to supply for work. EAS acted swiftly, although no…

The flexible labour market is under intense scrutiny from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which regards certain structures for the provision of flexible labour as being non-compliant.  Clients, employment businesses and Managed Service Providers are all searching for a compliant solution to meet demand for flexible working at a reduced cost whilst maintaining a quality…

Employers looking to recruit staff may be interested to learn that job seekers are often put off from signing up to recruitment agencies. HR Magazine quoted research from Unity Personnel, which revealed that some 60 per cent of individuals would not use an agency to find work, while 26 per cent are negative about them.…

A government-backed study has recently revealed nearly seven out of ten temporary workers were satisfied with their salary at the start of 2008. The report by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (Rec) showed 68 per cent of more than 400 agency workers questioned were happy with their wages. In addition, a third of those surveyed…