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UK – APSCO secures opt-out from new recruitment regulation

15 July 2013

Following months of lobbying the Department of Business Innovation & Skills (BIS), regarding the consultation on reforming the regulatory framework of the recruitment sector, APSCo has succeeded in securing an opt-out for limited company contractors.

As a result, the government will retain a provision for individuals who are limited company contractors to opt out of the regulations and engage with recruitment firms, in a business-to-business relationship.

“I am delighted that BIS has taken on board the concerns of our members who took the time to respond to the consultation. While we appreciate that the proposal to replace the current legislation with a new regulatory framework is designed to protect vulnerable people who are looking for work, the fact that professional contractors are able to opt-out of the regulations is a huge win for APSCo,” said Samantha Hurley, head of external relations at APSCo.

Addressing concerns APSCo had raised surrounding burdening businesses with over-regulation, BIS’s response to the consultation limits the need for clarity on who is responsible for paying the temporary worker to situations where more than one intermediary is involved in the supply to the client. It also confirms that they do not intent to make it compulsory for recruitment firms to publish information about their business. 

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