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UK - REC responds to final AWR guidance

11 May 2011

The government published its final guidance for the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) on Friday. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed the genuine effort to address issues raised by recruiters and their clients and to consult with the industry. However, some areas of uncertainties remain and will need to be worked through ahead of the October implementation date.
 
Tom Hadley, the REC's Director of Policy and Professional Services, commented "we have welcomed the opportunity to work closely with BIS in the development of the guidance. The aim was always to ensure that we address as many of the practical concerns flagged up by recruiters as possible. We are particularly encouraged to see additional clarity on the 12 weeks qualifying period and the use of more practical examples."
 
"Some important questions remain, but the guidance was never going to provide all the solutions. Looking ahead, an important part of the REC's work will be to build consensus on lingering uncertainties with leading law firms and HR practitioners.
 
"Raising awareness of AWR issues with front-line consultants as well as with clients will be critical to the successful implementation of AWR. With the final document now published,  recruiters can accelerate their implementation activities and intensify levels of engagement with employers and workers.”
 
To read the BIS guidance for the Agency Workers Regulations please click here

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