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APSCo Responds to Government Consultations on Regulatory Framework and Prohibition of EEA Only Recruitment

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Responding to the consultations announced yesterday by The Department of Business Innovation & Skills on reforming recruitment sector legislation and tackling exploitation in the labour market, Samantha Hurley, Head of External Relations & Compliance at The Association of Professional Recruitment Companies (APSCo) comments:

“The regulatory framework proposals plan to improve the effectiveness of the enforcement of employment rights to protect workers from exploitation. These are focussed on protecting lower skilled, lower paid workers and so are unlikely to affect APSCo members who operate in professional labour market sectors.“

The second consultation announced contains the long awaited proposals to update the Conduct Regulations. We’re disappointed, but not surprised, that this is not the wholesale reform that we were promised by the previous administration. The consultation includes a proposal to expand the prohibition on advertising UK jobs solely in EEA countries to also include the prohibition of the recruitment of staff solely from other EEA countries as well.”

“The biggest disappointment for our members will be that the unclear and highly complex rules around opting out have not been addressed – and also the restrictions on charging clients (when they take contractors) also known as the 8/14 week rule, which are currently incomprehensible to most people. “

“In terms of the professional recruitment sector, the changes aren’t huge and after the battering that the sector has taken from HMRC in recent years, the good news is that at least it’s not entirely bad news!”

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