Legislation/Regulation

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
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Recruiters welcome snap election in hope of a better Brexit

Recruiters have mostly backed the Prime Minister’s early election call due to the anticipated clearer mandate it will give government to get on with Brexit.

19 April 2017
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Ex-CTPartners consultant wins dismissal case against troubled DHR Global

A partially sighted former employee of DHR Global’s UK operation has won a case for wrongful dismissal, adding to a list of legal action by former employees against the global executive search firm.

Legal 18 April 2017

Calls for clarity and Taylor review 'to force tax rethink’, says PRISM

Government will have no choice but to remodel legal and tax frameworks for UK workers once Matthew Taylor completes his Review into Modern Employment due to “widespread” dissatisfaction with the government’s current approach to employment legislation, PRISM has predicted.

Legal 18 April 2017

Bahrain housemaid agency under investigation in ‘win a domestic worker’ ad

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) in Bahrain has suspended a recruitment agency for placing an online advert offering the chance to ‘win a domestic worker’.

Legal 18 April 2017

Institute of Recruiters seeks chartered status with name change

The Institute of Recruiters has set its sights on achieving chartered status as it rebrands to the British Institute of Recruiters.

18 April 2017
HMRC

HMRC dismisses claims IR35 tool facilitates tax avoidance

HM Revenue & Customs has hit back over “completely incorrect” claims its new IR35 status tool could be facilitating tax avoidance.

10 April 2017

SAFERjobs launches anti-fraud framework

Non-profit organisation SAFERjobs has launched a framework for recruiters aimed at preventing jobseekers being subject to attempted fraud.

10 April 2017
Gig economy

Inquiry into gig economy contracts good for recruiters

Gig economy contracts coming under ever greater scrutiny is good news for contingent recruitment agencies, an employment lawyer has claimed.

Retail, Legal 6 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.

Readers’ views: 27-31 March 2017

A weekly round-up of comments on recruiter.co.uk stories

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

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.

Readers’ views: 20-24 March 2017

A weekly round-up of comments on recruiter.co.uk stories

Public sector, Education 24 March 2017

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

Full steam ahead with railroading IR35

There’s no turning back now. From 6 April, under new IR35 legislation, public sector end-clients will be responsible for determining whether their contractors are inside IR35. If found to be inside, contractors must have tax and National Insurance Contributions deducted at source via PAYE.

16 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
DeeDee Doke, editor

Editor's Leader April 2017

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16 March 2017

Men vs women – gender pay and the recruitment sector

The gender pay gap has long been an unacceptable feature of the UK labour market.

16 March 2017
Phillip Hammond

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

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