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Where's my money? Complaints about recruitment agencies up by 50% in 2018

Posted by Graeme Elkin on 03 Sep 2018

According to a report conducted by the Employment Agencies Standards (EAS) Inspectorate, complaints about recruitment agencies increased by 50% in 2018, in comparison with the previous year. 

The labour-market focussed Government enforcement body received 1,261 complaints, compared to just 828 in 2017, with the majority of the complaints centred around the failure of recruitment agencies to pay their staff for all hours worked. Hospitality and healthcare sectors witnessed most complaints, totalling just under 25% of all complaints received.  

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Topics: Insider, Industry Legislation, Benefits of RPO

The detrimental effects of Brexit: 2018 sees the largest annual fall of EU nationals working in the UK

Posted by Graeme Elkin on 20 Aug 2018

On 29th March 2019, the UK will leave the EU, with or without an agreement, due to Theresa May triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty back in March of last year. Since then, we've heard rumours, opinions, debates and recommendations, but ultimately, no one really knows what we're heading for on the 29th March, not even Theresa and her cabinet. 

This being said, what we do know are the statistics. Released just last week, the ONS (Office of National Statistics) shared its latest figures on EU nationals working in the UK (or lack of) in 2018. According to ONS, there were 86,000 fewer EU workers in the second quarter of 2018 than in the same period in 2017, the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997.

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Topics: Insider

Employed, self-employed or 'worker': the search for clarity continues for contingent workers in the modern economy

Posted by Graeme Elkin on 12 Jul 2018

The changing world of work has significantly altered the current working economy within the last decade. This has been due to a variety of factors, but largely down to the growth of the gig economy, with disruptors such as Uber and Deliveroo being at the forefront of our growing modern economy.

Gig workers, together with contractors and freelancers, represent ‘non-traditional’ labour, otherwise known as contingent workers and due to the nature of our growing modern economy, the UK has seen a 43% increase in contingent workers between 2008 and 2016, according to Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends survey.

Despite this, according to the same survey, only 17% of UK companies have policies and strategies in place for the use of non-traditional labour.

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Topics: Managing Temporary Labour

Ensuring Brand & Legal Compliance with your Recruitment Agencies

Posted by Graeme Elkin on 13 Mar 2018

For large employers, it is common to use numerous recruitment agencies to manage their temporary and/or permanent workforce. It's important to note that these agencies are representing their brand, and therefore should be in regular communication and synonymous with their business and brand culture when advertising vacancies on their behalf.

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Topics: Benefits of RPO