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 […]

041 Why do recruitment agencies have lists of preferred umbrellas?

Temporary workers and contractors are often required to choose an umbrella from a preferred supplier list (PSL) operated by their recruitment agency.  Some workers feel this restricts their choice, however many recruitment firms operate PSLs that are in workers’ best interests.  We wanted to learn more about PSLs from the agency perspective so chatted to […]

040 Should Temps & Contractors Be Able To Choose Their Umbrella?

Temporary workers and contractors are often required to choose an umbrella from a preferred supplier list (PSL) operated by their recruitment agency.  Today we’re talking to Paul Sheraton, an IT contractor who recently launched an official petition aiming to allow workers the right to choose their own umbrella rather than be restricted by preferred supplier […]

One In Five Workers Switch Job For More Money

Global workforce divided as skilled workers assert their power: One in five say they are likely to switch to a new employer in the next 12 months More than a third plan to ask for a raise, but finding fulfilment at work is just as important Skilled employees most likely to ask for promotions and […]

039 What Does True Inclusivity Look Like In Recruitment? Part 2 of 2

“Rhetoric is just hot air if you don’t translate what you’re saying into action.”  In the second of a two-part special, we’re continuing our chat with Emma Freivogel of Radical Recruit about truly inclusive recruitment. We all know that people with protected characteristics cannot legally be discriminated against, but have you stopped to think about other […]

038 What Does True Inclusivity Look Like In Recruitment?

“Everyone wants to work, I don’t know anyone that wants to spend a life in poverty.”  In the first of a two-part special, we chat to Emma Freivogel of Radical Recruit about truly inclusive recruitment.  She works with radicals, people who have huge amounts to offer any employer but their background often means it is difficult […]

Petition Launched Seeking To Ban Umbrella PSLs

A contractor has started an official petition to allow workers to have the right to choose their own umbrella. Here at IWORK, we’ve been banging this drum for ages now as preferred supplier lists are not usually in workers best interests, and in our opinion they don’t actually offer much real choice to the person […]

Temps Continue To Prop Up The Economy

Today’s ONS labour market data show our increasing reliance on temporary workers, who’s numbers have increased by 7.7% on a seasonally adjusted basis to approximately 1.67 million for the three-month period from December 2021 to February 2022.   The number of temps as a percentage of total employment was 5.97%, up from 5.61% when compared to […]

037 Why We Should Abolish Umbrella Preferred Supplier Lists

Temporary workers and contractors will often be required to be paid via an umbrella company and often recruitment agencies operate a preferred supplier list (PSL) of umbrella companies that their worker can choose from.  In this episode, IWORK’s founder, Julia Kermode, discusses why she thinks umbrella PSLs should be abolished.  She has proposed this as […]