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

Article 50 triggered: recruiters call on government to provide more certainty

After the formal triggering of Article 50 earlier today, recruiters have urged the government to reduce the uncertainty around the key aspects of the forthcoming negotiations with the EU that they say is already damaging businesses and the economy. Colin Cottell reports

Skilled workers a priority post-Brexit – wherever they’re from

Easing access to skilled workers the UK needs to thrive in a post-Brexit world should be Prime Minister Theresa May’s priority as she prepares to begin negotiations with former EU partners, recruiters say.

Public sector 29 March 2017

Contractors believe public sector unprepared for IR35 changes

Just 4% of UK contractors think their public sector clients are prepared for new IR35 rules coming into force on 6 April.

Public sector 29 March 2017

Sports Direct Transline workers still to receive back pay, claims union

MPs have been told workers at sportswear retailer Sports Direct’s Shirebrook site, found to have been paid under National Minimum Wage, are still to receive outstanding back pay for these shifts.

Retail 28 March 2017

WEC inquiry looks at progress on older workers

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched a new inquiry into older people and employment, looking at current government policies to help people extend working lives, and possible further steps tackling age discrimination.

Public sector 28 March 2017

ARC’s letter to MPs draws attention to IR35

The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) has written to MPs, pointing out what it regards as the most important anomalies in HM Revenue & Customs’ approach to the application of IR35 rules following amendments to the Finance Bill last week.

27 March 2017

Latest ruling highlights shortcomings in ‘gig’ label

The employment rights of gig economy workers have been thrust back into the spotlight after an employment tribunal’s ruling last week that a self-employed courier for the ground transport company Excel was actually “a worker”.

27 March 2017

Recruiters warned against ‘unscrupulous’ tax avoidance scheme

Recruiters have been warned to give a scheme claiming to avoid tax using job boards and loyalty points paid by a third party a wide berth or risk facing big penalties.

Staffing fears for certain sectors as Brexit edges closer

The UK’s hospitality, manufacturing and transport sectors will be hardest hit, should limits on the movement of European Union and non-EU workers be imposed in the wake of the UK leaving the EU.

Industry bodies welcome IR35 amendment

Bodies representing recruiters, umbrella employers and accountancy providers have welcomed an amendment to the Finance Bill, laid before Parliament yesterday, that passes ultimate liability of working out whether IR35 applies back to public sector hirers.

21 March 2017

Recruiters welcome chancellor’s U-turn

Recruiters have given a cautious welcome to the chancellor’s U-turn on an increase in National Insurance Contributions for the self employed.

16 March 2017
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Recruiters slam Hammond's NI rate hike

Recruiters have criticised Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget for failing to support Britain’s business owners and entrepreneurs, and damaging future job creation. 

14 March 2017

Recruiters urged to secure indemnity from clients to protect against discrimination claims

Recruiters have been urged to secure an indemnity from clients protecting them from prosecution against discrimination claims following a landmark ruling from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) today.

14 March 2017

PM’s NI hike delay welcomed by FCSA

The prime minister has announced a delay on implementing an increase in National Insurance for the self-employed until the autumn.

10 March 2017

Praise and dismay from recruitment bodies over Budget

Recruitment trade bodies have given a mixed response to yesterday's Spring Budget Statement.

9 March 2017

Fraudster carries on charging for fake jobs

A fraudster found to have conned jobseekers out of thousands of pounds as part of a recruitment scam is continuing to charge for non-existent jobs.

6 March 2017

HMRC comes under fire from providers

HM Revenue & Customs’ new Employment Status Service (ESS) tool to determine the IR35 status of public sector contractors has come under fire from contractor service providers.

3 March 2017
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British Gas ruling will hit recruitment agencies

The Supreme Court has refused British Gas the right to appeal a ruling concerning holiday pay that is set to have far reaching consequences for recruitment agencies.

28 February 2017

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