Government Must Abandon ‘Unworkable’ Plan For Temps To Cover Strikes

Representatives of both the recruitment agency sector and workers unions have called on the government to abandon its “unworkable” plan to lift the ban on agency workers filling in during strikes. The full joint statement from the TUC and REC reads: The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) and Trades Union Congress (TUC) are urging the government […]

Agency Workers Could Cover For Striking Staff

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said that the government is considering legal changes to allow agency workers to provide cover for striking staff.  The announcement is partly in response to planned rail strikes later this month, and also the likelihood of strikes in other sectors with largescale industrial action likely nationwide this summer. The plan […]

Do We Really Think Contractors Can’t Decide For Themselves?

Last week I posted a few thoughts on LinkedIn in relation to my proposal to abolish umbrella preferred supplier lists (PSLs), which is just one of my recommendations to the government consultation on the umbrella market.  I have many concerns about PSLs and how they operate today, and in some cases they are cartel-like in […]

Important Holiday Pay Development

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a worker can only lose the right to take paid leave within the holiday year when: The employer can show it specifically and transparently gave the worker the opportunity to take paid annual leave; The employer encouraged the worker to take paid annual leave; The employer informed the […]

New Legal Duty To Provide Temporary Workers With PPE

The Health & Safety Executive has announced plans to update legislation so that workers (as well as employees) will be entitled to have PPE provided by their employer.  This means that thousands of temporary and contract workers will benefit by a new legal requirement to have personal protective equipment provided for them. The announcement comes […]

029 Holiday Entitlement For Furloughed Temporary / Agency Workers

This podcast builds on the earlier podcast done with Paul Chamberlain of JMW Solicitors looking at holiday for agency workers.  Today we are joined by Lewina Farrell, a specialist legal advisor to the recruitment sector, to specifically look at the issue of whether agency workers were entitled to holiday pay whilst on furlough.  We cover […]

017 Reasons For Temps & Agency Workers To Feel Positive

In this episode Julia discusses why she is feeling positive about 2021, and why you should too!  Things are definitely looking up as there is certainly increasing demand in the jobs market, particularly for temporary and agency workers in the UK.  Listen to the episode to find out the latest job market stats, which sectors […]

015 Routes to Market – Different Types of Contracts With Recruitment Agencies

If you’re completely new to finding work via a recruitment agency then you can be forgiven for being overwhelmed by the various contractual options you might be offered.  There is a confusing array of choice, and each one has different tax and employment rights implications.  To bring some clarity to a very confusing subject, we […]

011 Why is the recruitment industry often vilified, and does it matter?

Recruitment is often a vilified profession, much-maligned by candidates who feel they are poorly treated.  And as our audience (you!) consists of agency workers we thought we should examine why.  To help us do that, we spoke to Tim Jacob who has some 25 years experience as a recruiter and now advises recruitment firms on […]