REC announces plans for an AWR Summit

Speaking on the summit, Kevin Green, the Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said that “We are now only seven months away from the introduction of one of the most significant pieces of regulation ever to affect the recruitment industry.  Our members’ recent feed-back still shows that clear guidance is still needed and this event is geared to provide exactly that. The REC’s Your AWR Advisor Campaign was launched last month to help members get ready for the Regulations. The Summit will provide a great opportunity to get all the information your business needs in one place and one day. We have brought together a range of experts so you receive the most up to date and specialist advice. It is an event no recruitment business can afford to miss.”

The meeting follows a recent meeting by REC members in Scotland regarding the AWR implementation and follows a report published by the recruitment firm Randstad which found that only 7% of employers have conducted an impact assessment while 37% are completely unfamiliar with the regulations. Members of REC Scotland discussed in particular how the regulations would affect key Scottish industries including Financial Services, Oil & Gas and the Industrial sectors. The Agency Worker Regulations, which are based around equalisation of pay and rights between agency workers and permanent workers will come into force on the 1st October 2011.

The Head of Randstad UK, Brian Wilkinson, said that \”It is a concern that such a high proportion of organisations are so unprepared. We urge all users of agency workers to conduct a thorough assessment of their human capital resources and the impact of the Regulations. Doing this properly will enable organisations to optimise the structure and efficiency of their workforces. The equalisation of basic working and employment conditions for agency workers will encourage more people that don\’t want permanent work to enter the labour market. That is good for them and it\’s good for UK employers.\”

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