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UK – No “one size fits all” staffing regulations, says APSCo

24 January 2013

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has welcomed the news by the government this week to launch a consultation into reviewing the current regulatory framework for staffing firms.

“The Government’s statement at the beginning of the consultation clearly acknowledges the need to minimise legislation and focus it on those workers who may be at risk of exploitation. We are very encouraged by the suggestion that any legislation needs to be appropriately targeted,” said APSCo chief executive, Ann Swain.

The trade body has contacted the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to discuss the issue.  “We have spoken about producing legislation which avoids a ‘one size fits all’ approach and will continue to lobby for this issue to be reflected in the new regulations,” added Ms Swain.

APSCo said it is good news the consultation does not simply review the current legislation, but focuses on fundamental principles such as:

  • Employment businesses and employment agencies are restricted from charging fees to work-seekers 
  • There is clarity on who is responsible for paying temporary workers for  the work they have done
  • The contracts people have with recruitment firms should not hinder their movement between jobs, and temp-to-perm transfer fees are reasonable
  • Work-seekers have the confidence to use the sector and are able to assert their rights

 “Once these have been defined through the consultation process, the regulations will be rewritten around these principles. Potentially then, the rest of the current legislation could be deregulated which would be very good news for our members,” said Ms Swain. “To my mind this all points towards a real desire for regulations that are, at last, fit for purpose.”

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