Temporary workforce

Sports Direct staffing supplier Transline faces administration

Labour procurer Transline has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators.

Retail, Transport & logistics 27 April 2017

BBC makes progress on agency staff spend, says NAO report

The National Audit Office says it needs the BBC to publish the amount it spends on freelancers and agency staff over a prolonged period to conduct a full assessment of BBC staff expenditure.

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

FCSA accuses HMRC of software malfunction with tax returns

The FCSA has claimed HM Revenue & Custom’s software is stopping freelancers and contractors who work through personal service companies (PSCs) from submitting an online tax return.

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

New to the market: 24-28 April 2017

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HR 24 April 2017


Contracts and deals for week of 18-21 April 2017

Industrial/Manufacturing 20 April 2017

Unite calls on Sports Direct’s employee rep to push for temp-to-perm roles

The Unite union has called on Sports Direct’s new employee board member to push for the sports retailer’s agency workers on “insecure hire-and-fire” contracts to be offered permanent work.

Retail 13 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

Union backs Amazon gig drivers at UK Express

The employment rights of gig economy workers have been thrust back into the spotlight following the GMB union's filing of a legal claim against a logistics company used by online retail giant Amazon.

Recruiters reported to be among bidders for NHS Professionals

Reports suggest two recruitment agencies are among the bidders to take a controlling stake in NHS in-house recruitment agency NHS Professionals.

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
Care Worker

New report finds crisis in social care staffing

Almost half (49%) of the UK’s home care workers are on zero-hour contracts, compared with 2.9% of the workforce nationally, a government committee has found.

Public sector, Social care 31 March 2017

Relief as NHS agency staffing ban put on hold

NHS Improvement has paused until further notice its plans to ban NHS Trusts from using agency workers who also hold substantive roles in the health service.

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

Invasion of the (robot) bricklayers

British brickies could find themselves losing work to robot counterparts in a matter of months due to a new technological development from New York-based Construction Robotics.

Construction & property 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

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.

Agencies fear overtime ban will hit NHS staffing

More than three quarters of recruiters expect the NHS’s current staffing crisis to intensify due to new measures restricting trusts from recruiting agency nurses and locum doctors also employed as substantive staff in the health service.

Readers’ views: 20-24 March 2017

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

Public sector, Education 24 March 2017

Social care recruiters get creative in council care home squeeze

As a funding squeeze causes care firms to cancel contracts with local authorities, recruiters face a choice between getting creative to help clients or the difficult decision to walk away from placing candidates in this part of the sector altogether.

Public sector, Social care 22 March 2017

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