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Is Brexit’s breeze turning into an icy chill for recruiters?

While recruiters are certainly feeling the ill effects of Brexit through hiring uncertainty among clients, they’re divided over whether reversing Brexit would be a good idea.

Recruitment director banned for seven years

The director of a Birmingham-based recruiter has been banned from acting as a director for seven years.

13 October 2017

Top UK firms to have at least one BAME director on board by 2021

The UK’s top firms should have at least one board level director of an ethnic minority within the next four years, a new government-backed report has recommended.

Executive search 13 October 2017

Is the UK addicted to cheap labour?

The director general of the British Chambers of Commerce has rejected the notion that UK business is addicted to recruiting cheap labour.

12 October 2017

Blog: REC reports from SNP party conference

Continuing the series of Recruitment and Employment Confederation blogs from this year’s major political party conferences – Karen O’Reilly, stakeholder engagement manager at the REC, reports from the Scottish National Party conference in Glasgow.

12 October 2017

ASA upholds misleading claim against ‘modelling agency’ ad

The Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against an advert casting for models, actors and dancers placed by First Step Modelling for falsely claiming they were a recruitment agency.

11 October 2017

Blog: REC reports from Conservative Party Conference

Continuing the series of Recruitment & Employment Confederation blogs from this year’s major political party conferences, REC policy team leader Philip Campbell reports from the Conservative Party conference in Manchester.

Bonus pay could highlight gender gap in recruitment

Recruiters run the risk of disclosing huge gender bonus pay gaps between male and female consultants due to new rules not taking account of part-time working.

Rec-to-rec, Legal 3 October 2017

G7 countries vow to help workers as labour markets change

G7 employment ministers have agreed to do more to improve worker employability as labour market demands change.

2 October 2017

Blog: REC reports from Labour Conference

Continuing the series of Recruitment and Employment Confederation blogs from this year’s major political party conferences - Sophie Wingfield, a senior public affairs consultant at the REC, reports from the Labour Party conference in Brighton.

29 September 2017

Stark warning to recruiters for changes to Finances Act this weekend

Recruiters need to get to grips with new rules under the Criminal Finances Act 2017, effective from this Saturday, or run the risk of criminal convictions, unlimited fines and irreparable reputational damage.

Legal 26 September 2017

TfL’s Uber decision highlights vulnerability of gig workers

Transport for London’s decision to not issue ride hailing app Uber’s private hire licence highlights the precarious nature of gig working, say lawyers.

Retail, Transport & logistics 25 September 2017

Think tank calls on government to resurrect strike-breakers proposal

The Centre for Policy Studies has called on government to resurrect a controversial proposal that would enable recruiters to supply essential workers as ‘strike breakers’ as cover in the event of industrial action.

19 September 2017

Taylor to be quizzed by two government committees

Matthew Taylor is to appear before two Parliamentary Select Committees following this summer’s publication of his review into modern working practices.

13 September 2017

Coalition should have gone further to tackle labour market abuse, says Cable

Leader of the Liberal Democrats Sir Vince Cable has admitted that the Conservative-Liberal Coalition government should have gone further in tackling labour market abuse.

8 September 2017

Non-disclosure for past offences in BAME justice review

Ensuring reformed ex-offenders need not disclose offences to prospective employers is one of the stand-out recommendations to government in a review led by Labour MP David Lammy.

Public sector, Legal 8 September 2017

Domestic talent can’t fix low-skilled job challenge say recruiters

Recruiters warn leaked government plans about how Britain’s immigration system could work post-Brexit risk major labour shortages, with domestic talent unable to fill resulting skills gaps.

GLAA investigates labour abuses in Blackpool

The Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority has revealed its officers have interviewed a number of employees yesterday as part of an investigation into alleged worker exploitation at hotels in Blackpool.

Recruiters on ‘name and shame’ list for underpaying NMW

Three recruitment agencies have been named in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s latest list of firms found to have underpaid workers the National Minimum or Living Wage.

17 August 2017

No government U-turn on Apprenticeship Levy

The government says it has no plans to make changes to the Apprenticeship Levy, despite widespread criticism of its effects on the recruitment industry and on the ability of temporary workers to benefit.

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Apprenticeship Levy costs hit agencies hard

Senior executives at two of the UK’s largest recruiters say that together it is costing them around £4.5m a year.

Harsh warning for recruiters who ignore new data protection rules

An employment lawyer has warned it may already be too late for recruiters that have failed to prepare for new data protection rules.

7 August 2017

Migration system must be evidence-based, say recruitment bodies

Recruitment trade bodies have called on government to ensure the UK’s new migration system is based on evidence about the skills the country needs to thrive post-Brexit.

Public sector, Social care 27 July 2017

Government gets tough on labour abuse and online job scams

The government is getting tough on labour exploitation and online job scams, with both the employment minister and director of labour market enforcement highlighting the issue today.

25 July 2017

Recruiters press for longer freedom of movement

Recruiters have called on government to extend freedom of movement for a further four years after Brexit.

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