Agriculture

Director supplying farm labourers banned for failing to pay NMW

A director of a company supplying farm labourers has been banned for seven years for repeatedly failing to pay workers the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Recruiters can’t be picky about finding workers for British farms

As recruiters warn they won’t be able to source enough workers needed by British farmers to pick their fruit and vegetables, Recruiter caught up with a soft fruit picking business whose fears around labour shortages last year were realised.

EASI remit could tackle labour exploitation at umbrella and intermediary firms

The Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate could have its remit extended to tackle labour exploitation at umbrella companies and intermediaries.

New Staffline CEO Pullen on the acquisition trail

The new CEO of recruitment and employment organisation Staffline Group has wasted no time in making his mark with the acquisition of three staffing businesses.

19 March 2018

Three held in human trafficking investigation in North-West England

A husband and wife were among a trio arrested last week as part of investigations into an alleged modern day slavery network in North-West England.

Legislation/Regulation 12 March 2018

GLAA arrest gangmasters in Ely and recover enslaved workers

Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority officers have arrested a Romanian couple in Cambridgeshire on suspicion of modern slavery and gangmaster offences.

Legislation/Regulation 6 February 2018

GLAA revokes Cornish gangmaster’s licence

A Cornish gangmaster has been shut down by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA).

Temporary workforce 29 January 2018

Prince Andrew seeks green-fingered assistant for Royal Lodge

Do you have green fingers, don’t fancy working inside and are a fan of the Royals?

In-house recruitment 16 January 2018

APPOINTMENTS: 2-5 JANUARY 2018

This week’s appointments include: Glassdoor, MorePeople, Rutherford Briant Recruitment, The Treasury Recruitment Company

Technology 3 January 2018

GLA joins joint operation to prevent illegal shellfish practices

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has taken part in a multi-agency enforcement operation into illegal shellfish operations in the Lochaber area in the Highlands of Scotland.

Legislation/Regulation 18 November 2016

TRS Personnel loses GLA licence after chopping workers’ pay

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has stripped a Shropshire gangmaster of his GLA licence after inspectors found his company was systematically ‘skimming’ workers’ pay, resulting in employees receiving less than the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Ipswich seeks prickly recruit

A charity in Ipswich may have caused a spike in the recruitment market after sending out calls for a particularly prickly character to take on a special role in the Suffolk town.

In-house recruitment 5 July 2016

Slovak brothers convicted of trafficking within the UK

Two brothers, found to have exploited fellow Slovak nationals living in the Medway towns in Kent, have been sentenced to six years each in prison.

Mother and daughter banned for breaching GLA regulations

A mother and daughter have been disqualified from acting as directors for breaching gangmasters regulations.

Bardsey Island launches new recruitment drive

Bardsey Island off the coast of North-West Wales has launched a new recruitment drive, this time for an information and volunteer officer.

In-house recruitment 17 March 2016

Digging the scene: farmer wanted for Tristan da Cunha

If you have an agriculturally astute candidate who wants the quiet life, then the government of Tristan da Cunha, one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands, is on the lookout for a UK-experienced farmer to advise on livestock and agriculture.

In-house recruitment 21 January 2016

Fijian workers claim maltreatment by Australian labour firm

Fijian farm labourers employed through the Australian government’s Seasonal Worker Programme have claimed slave-like employment conditions, including being underpaid, underfed, denied medical access and verbally abused.

Legislation/Regulation 18 December 2015

Pizza Hut offers apprenticeship scheme

Pizza Hut UK has launched an apprenticeship schemes and is set to recruit 1,500 apprentices over the next five years.

Judge upholds GLA’s decision to take licence from Roberto Mac

The Gangmasters Licensing Authority’s (GLA) decision to take the licence from a Cambridgeshire gangmaster has been backed by an appeal court judge.

Legislation/Regulation 4 December 2015

Seafish showcases fishing careers

Seafood industry body Seafish has launched The World is Your Oyster, a campaign designed to showcase career prospects in the seafood industry.

Baiada agrees to comply with employment law and pay back underpaid staff

Australian poultry processing company Baiada has made an agreement with the country’s Fair Work Ombudsman to help stop worker exploitation at its site.

29 October 2015

Pro-Force ended contracts with overseas agents ‘over a month ago’

Agricultural recruiter Pro-Force Recruitment ended its contracts with overseas agents in Bulgaria and Romania over a month ago and is taking its recruitment abroad back in-house “to eliminate potential risk to our workers”, the firm revealed today.

Legislation/Regulation 21 October 2015

REC launches investigation into allegations involving Pro-Force

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has launched an investigation into one of its own members, Pro-Force Recruitment, for alleged poor treatment of workers.

Gangmaster stripped of licence for endangering workers

A Stonehaven, Scotland-based gangmaster has been stripped of her licence after it was found her workers had been underpaid and transported in a “dangerous” vehicle.

Legislation/Regulation 5 October 2015

Australia sees rise in online job ads says SEEK

Online job ads in Australia are up 2% month-on-month for August, and up 11% year-on-year, pointing to a continually growing jobs market, job board SEEK says.

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