May 9th was the deadline for responses to the government’s consultation on agency work within the context of the Matthew Taylor Review into modern working practices. Commenting on this latest milestone REC Director of Policy
Tom Hadley says:
“The consultation has been a good platform for underlining the positive contribution of the recruitment sector and our commitment to compliance and effective enforcement. The practical input of recruitment professionals can ensure that employment legislation keeps pace with the changing world of work and we have particularly welcomed recommendations that regulations should reflect developments like gig working and umbrella organisations. Promoting greater transparency is an important principle, but also a focus on ensuring that proposals avoid duplicating existing requirements and are workable in practice.
Specific concerns we have raised in our response include the fact that effective enforcement is dependent on sufficient resources being allocated and the need to ensure that any changes to existing industry regulations are properly thought through and are evidence-based. Looking ahead, we will continue to make a case for the apprenticeship levy to evolve into a broader training levy that can benefit all workers, including agency staff. We will ensure that the recruitment industry remains at the forefront of the modern working practices debate and that regulatory proposals within the context of the Taylor Review are consistent with the Labour Market Enforcement Director consultation which was released earlier today”.