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The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has highlighted the recruitment industry's concerns on the forthcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) at this week's Conservative Party Conference.
During the last few days, discussions on jobs and skills included a specific focus on lightening the regulatory load on businesses which enabled the REC to keep pushing its views.
The REC took part in The Sun newspaper's fringe session yesterday on the outlook for business and jobs. At the event, the REC raised AWR concerns with the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and the Employment Minister Chris Grayling who confirmed that they were looking into this and would be happy to meet the REC to explore the issues.
Speaking from the event in Birmingham, Kevin Green, the REC's Chief Executive, said "we came to the Conservative Party Conference to engage with the new government on the AWR. We stressed that this is the first real test of the government's stated commitment to limit red tape and getting out of the way of business."
"The plan to get more people off benefits and into work has been one of the main themes of the conference. We have made the point to Ministers that the temporary employment market has a vital role to play in providing the necessary job opportunities for those coming off of benefit. The new government has made plenty of positive noises about helping businesses and boosting job creation. It is now time to see some concrete action."
While the government does have some flexibility in amending the AWR, they are still obliged to abide by the principles established in the Agency Workers Directive, which was agreed at a European Union level and which obliges governments throughout the EU to put appropriate legislation in place by 1 October 2011.