Just nine months now remain until the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR).
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) describes this period as being “crucial” in terms of preparing for what is “the most important piece of legislation for our industry in years”.
When they enter into force, the regulations will introduce equal pay and benefits for temps who have spent 12 weeks or more on a single placement.
Lewina Farrell, the REC’s head of professional services, explained that the membership body is undertaking one of the most extensive support programmes it has ever mounted, in order to support agencies and other stakeholders through the transition.
She noted that the AWR will, in particular, have significant impacts on sectors where national minimum wage rates are the norm.
“Getting the guidance right will be the first step towards making these regulation workable in practice,” Ms Farrell added.
“As well as working with the government, our priority in the coming months is to keep working with our members so that they feel sure that they all the systems and knowledge in place to carry on providing high class services to their clients.”