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UK – Staffing firm breached rules and faces reprimand

05 February 2013

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has issued a public reprimand to Halmer Recruit, following an investigation and hearing which found the agency to have seriously breached the REC’s Code of Professional Practice.

Surrey-based Halmer Recruit came before the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) in December 2012 after a consultant had posed as a candidate and submitted a fake CV to another staffing agency. The consultant did so in order to gain information about vacancies on which the other agency was working.

Halmer Recruit specialises in commercial staffing through offices in Guildford and Walton on Thames and is jointly owned and managed by Michael Ward and Nicola Vening.

The firm was sanctioned and the PSC decided that a formal reprimand be issued which will remain on record for one year. It also said the REC should inspect one branch of Halmer Recruit in six months’ time to check the firm is meeting its standards of best practice and comply with relevant legislation.

The chairman of the REC’s Professional Standards Committee, Chris Kenny, said:  “We have investigated these matters fully and the conclusion was that the agency should be reprimanded for one year and inspected after six months due to the seriousness of their breach and to ensure that they are now fully complying with the REC Code of Professional Practice.

“We are committed to shining a light on bad practices such as faking CVs and the REC will take action against any members who show disregard for our code or the law.  We have taken into account Halmer Recruit’s assurances that they have put compliance measures into place and taken steps to ensure that this will not happen again.”

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