GLAA on recruitment drive to tackle labour market abuse

The Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) aims to have 125 staff by the end of the financial year as it gears up to tackle labour market abuse and modern slavery.

A GLAA spokesperson told Recruiter that this was “more than double” the numbers before the body’s remit and powers were widened in April, allowing it to investigate labour market abuse and exploitation in any sector in England and Wales.

The GLAA now has the power to investigate offences under the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and the National Minimum Wage Act 1988.

A spokesperson said the organisation was focusing on “beefing up” recruitment of its operational frontline staff. This included its intelligence team, where it currently has three vacancies. “We are an intelligence-led organisation that is fuelled by the intelligence reports that we get” from the public, workers and employers, said the spokesperson.

“We are trying to force ourselves into new areas where people aren’t entirely sure whether or not we operate,” said the spokesperson. Recently, the GLAA carried out raids on hand car wash businesses in Nottingham.

The recruitment drive has been helped by “a significant hike in our budget”, said the spokesperson.

• Comment below on this story. You can also tweet us to tell us your thoughts or share this story with a friend. Our editorial email is recruiter.editorial@redactive.co.uk

Twitter Twitter

CONTRACTS & DEALS: 11-15 DECEMBER 2017

This week’s contracts and deals include: CSG, Job Matrix, Recruitive

Contracts 11 December 2017

Britons will ‘starve’ after Brexit

England’s biggest winemaker, and supplier to 10 Downing Street, has warned that Britons will “starve” if foreign fruit pickers are not allowed into the country after Brexit.

Legislation 6 December 2017

Trust Tech takes majority stake in gap personnel

Japan-based staffing business Trust Tech has paid £20.1m for 75% of shares in UK recruitment agency gap personnel.

Contracts 4 December 2017

Fortnum & Mason faces staff shortfall due to Brexit

Iconic London department store Fortnum & Mason is struggling to recruit staff following last year’s Brexit vote, its CEO Ewan Venters told the Guardian newspaper.

4 December 2017
Top