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Recruiters urged to review safe workplace policies

Recruiters have been urged to keep policies about providing a safe place of work under review, in light of this week’s summer heatwave.

Public sector, Engineering 23 June 2017

Recruiters welcome softer Brexit stance in Queen’s Speech

Recruiters have welcomed an anticipated ‘softer’ stance on immigration than previously indicated from government following yesterday’s Queen’s Speech.

Public sector, Legal 22 June 2017

Armed forces to bring in flexible working

The UK’s armed forces are to benefit from flexible working, thanks to measures announced in yesterday’s Queen’s Speech.

Public sector 22 June 2017

Tax avoidance crackdown will have ‘chilling’ effect on recruiters

A Europe-wide crackdown on tax avoidance schemes is set have a “chilling” effect on recruiters and intermediaries marketing such schemes.

20 June 2017

Watch out for grey areas in pay, recruiters warned

Recruiters have been warned to be wary of grey areas in rules governing the payment of consultants.

Rec-to-rec, Legal 19 June 2017
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ECJ adviser’s opinion could open doors to holiday pay claims

An opinion by a key adviser to the European Court of Justice could open the door to a wave of retrospective holiday pay claims.

Legal, HR 9 June 2017

Union in court to seek recognition for Deliveroo workers

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has started legal proceedings to secure union representation for workers at food courier firm Deliveroo.

Government review to give workers on zero-hours contracts ‘right to request’ fixed hours

Workers on zero-hour contracts are set to be given the right to request fixed hours, according to reports.

Conservative manifesto pledges highly skilled jobs for the young

Commitments to leave the European single market and to create a “modern industrial strategy”, aimed at helping young people into high skilled jobs of the future, were just some of the stand-out promises affecting recruitment in the Conservative’s Election Manifesto.

19 May 2017

Lib Dems manifesto protects UK workers in the EU and improves diversity

Protecting UK citizens’ right to work in the European Union and commitments to improve diversity in recruitment are some of the stand out pledges affecting recruitment in the Liberal Democrat’s Election Manifesto.

18 May 2017

Recruiters round on Labour’s employment policies but like late payment plans

Labour Party plans to ensure workers have the same employment rights from day one and ban umbrella companies have been given short shrift by recruiters and umbrella companies.

17 May 2017

APSCo manifesto pushes for Apprenticeship Levy reform

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) is advocating for a reform of the collection and use of the Apprenticeship Levy in its new manifesto.

Labour’s pledges for recruiters and recruitment

The Labour Party has confirmed plans to ban umbrella companies in its election manifesto and ensure all workers are given equal employment rights, as well as offering hope to recruiters chasing late payment.

Public sector 17 May 2017
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Invest NI strategy plans 40,000 jobs for Northern Ireland by 2021

Invest NI has pledged to deliver 40,000 jobs to Northern Ireland by 2021.

16 May 2017

Umbrellas blast Labour’s ‘ill-thought out’ policy to ban them

Umbrella companies have rounded on Labour Party proposals to ban them, should they win the election in June.

Accounting/Finance 12 May 2017

Recruiters voice concerns over leaked Labour Party Manifesto

Recruiters have told Recruiter of their concerns about Labour Party policies contained in a leaked election manifesto, with one recruiter warning a prospective Labour government “to be careful not to be seen as hostile to business”.

11 May 2017

HMRC call centres giving wrong advice to contractors, claims PRISM

PRISM claims it has uncovered evidence of HM Revenue & Customs call centres wrongly telling workers they are entitled to travel, subsistence and other expenses, despite being subject to IR35 and supervision, direction and control.

Public sector 4 May 2017

Work and Pensions Committee calls for ‘worker’ status as default

The Work and Pensions Committee (WPC) has called on government to close legislation loopholes, which it claims enable “bogus” self-employment practices.

Recruiters give muted response to Labour’s plans for the NHS

Recruiters have given a muted welcome to Labour’s plans for a pay rise for NHS workers and to require trusts to legislate to ensure safe staffing levels.

Healthcare/Medical 26 April 2017

McDonald’s staff prefer zero-hours over fixed-term contracts

McDonald's is to give its UK staff the choice of working fixed hours or having zero-hours contracts.

Retail, Hospitality/Leisure 26 April 2017

ARC’s IR35 letter used as evidence in Finance Bill enquiry

The UK Treasury Select Committee is to use a recent letter by the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) detailing concerns about new IR35 public sector rules as evidence when MPs consider aspects of the Finance Bill 2017 this week.

24 April 2017

Recruiters ask PM to extend free movement to five years

Recruiters have called on Prime Minister Theresa May to extend free movement of people from the EU to the UK for up to a period of five years following Brexit.

Apprenticeship Levy ‘unfair’ and a threat to recruiters

The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) has slammed the government’s new Apprenticeship Levy, coming into force this week, as “disproportionate, unfair” and a threat to the way recruiters operate.

NLW increase means good news for agency workers

More than two million workers, including those engaged in agency work, are now benefitting from a pay rise that kicked in this weekend, due to an increase in the National Living Wage.

3 April 2017
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Recruiters warned over uncertainty in employment cases post Brexit

Confusion abounds over how European legislation, such as agency worker and working time regulations, can be properly applied if these rules are not fully transposed into UK law to take account of past case law post Brexit, an employment lawyer has warned.

Legal 30 March 2017

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