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Yesterday’s AGM at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) saw recruiters vote unanimously to introduce a “rigorous new compliance regime” which means that from 1st July all staffing firms planning to obtain REC membership will have to pass a new online test.
In the test, the firms should make evident that they comply with industry regulations and the REC’s Code of Professional Practice. The requirement to pass this test will be rolled out to existing REC members later this year while members will have to re-take the test every two years in order to renew their membership.
“I’m delighted that our membership have supported our latest drive to raise standards in the recruitment industry with this robust new approach to member compliance,” REC chief executive Kevin Green said. “The formal acceptance of the new system today marks the end of a very detailed 18-month long project – including our biggest member consultation ever – to develop a compliance process and new online test that continues our mission to keep raising the bar for quality, standards and compliance within recruitment.”
The REC is one of the associations representing the interests of the UK recruitment industry and has 3,750 corporate members. It aims to increase standards in the sectors and all members have to abide by its Code of Professional Practice.