REC denies membership to 193 agencies

A lack of understanding in how to apply Agency Worker Regulations was the main issue for agencies who failed the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) compliance test.

Mon, 2 Feb 2015

A lack of understanding in how to apply Agency Worker Regulations was the main issue for agencies who failed the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) compliance test.

The REC this morning announced it had denied membership to 193 agencies, including 83 former members, for failing to meet its compliance test, the deadline for which was 31 December 2014.

The other area that tripped agencies up was uncertainty around what documents were required for jobseeker eligibility checks.


An REC spokeswoman told Recruiter: "Anything where recruiters are not getting everything spot on is of concern. 
That's why we introduced the compliance test."

The test was introduced in July 2012 and passing it is now a prerequisite for REC membership.

It involves demonstrating sound understanding of the REC Code of Professional Practice, knowledge of relevant industry legislation and commitment to high ethical standards.

REC members are required to complete the compliance test every two years. 

Those that fail can re-apply in six months.

To qualify for REC membership, companies must also have been trading for at least a year in the UK and/or be owned or operated by one or more person with more than one year of experience in the recruitment industry and/or be owned or operated by one or more person who has/have attended the REC three-day ‘Start up your own Agency’ course.

In addition, all corporate members are required to agree to adhere to the Code of Professional Practice, which is enforced through the REC’s complaints and disciplinary procedure. 

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