Following this week’s announcement that The Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will take forward 51 of the 53 recommendations from the Matthew Taylor Review, Tania Bowers, General Counsel at APSCo commented:
“We at APSCo support the Government’s ambition to improve transparency and rights in the flexible labour market and cautiously welcome detailed proposals to align employment status with both tax and rights.
“Although these reforms are primarily designed to protect the most vulnerable workers, it is inevitable that those who specialise in placing professional contractors will be caught up in the changes – and we will advocating on our members’ behalf to minimise any unnecessary administrative burden on our members when contracting with highly paid specialists.
“Other reforms are unlikely to have such an impact on recruiters working in the professional market, such as repealing the Swedish derogation, which few of our members utilise.
“One recommendation which needs more explanation is the introduction of a right for all workers, not just zero-hour and agency, to request a more predictable and stable contract as it is yet unclear how this will work in practice.”