REC: Greater regulation not the answer for temp working


REC: Greater regulation not the answer for temp working
Recruitment industry body the Recruitment and Employment Federation (REC) has slammed trade union proposals for more regulation for temporary workers.

The organisation said that overhauling the regulations surrounding temporary work would limit the flexibility of the area and decrease the opportunities provided by temp work.

It cited a recent study by bmg research which found that the majority of temps are very satisfied, with 52 per cent of them choosing the work for reasons such as increased flexibility, better pay, or to gain work experience.

Greater regulation is not the answer, especially as temps are already covered by most basic employment rights, the organisation said.

External relations manger at the REC Tom Hadley said that the private members' bill would damage the UK economy and British business and reduce opportunities for temporary work in the UK.

He said: "[It] would seriously reduce the opportunities for temporary labour in the UK by adding substantial bureaucracy for employers and agencies.

"Vulnerable workers and preventing exploitation should be a priority. The best way of achieving this is by effectively enforcing current regulations rather than looking to score a political victory by introducing more."

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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