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Employers holding back from making significant changes due to Agency Workers Regulations

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Employers holding back from making significant changes due to Agency Workers Regulations

5th September 2011Company News

Recent figures show that 42% of employers are not planning significant changes, in comparison to 46% in July, due to Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) which come into force next month.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) Jobs Outlook also reveals that 23% of employers remain unaware of the new Agency Workers Regulations, while 44% are undecided about any changes they might plan.

Only 14% of employers have said that they definitely will make changes due to the AWR. Of these, 13% say that they are prepared to pay higher rates of pay for some staff, compared to a lower 8% who said this in July.

23% of those planning changes have said that they would consider reducing their use of temporary staff, while 83% say their use of agency workers will either grow or stay the same over the next year.

Tom Hadley, director of policy and professional services at REC, says: “The data on general hiring intentions is encouraging. Although some employers may see reducing agency use as an obvious short-term option, the need for flexible staffing arrangements will outweigh concerns over the AWR in most sectors.”

He goes on to say that there should be a final push to raise awareness of the Agency Workers Regulations and address common misconceptions regarding them, as almost a quarter of employers are still unaware of the Regulations and the changes that they will bring and 44% are unsure about what measures they should be taking.

Tom Hadley continues: “Despite some alarmist media stories on the potential impact, the latest data supports the view that the AWR will be workable in most sectors. It also confirms that crucial role that recruiters can play in helping clients to gear up for implementation and to manage potential risk factors.”

Our Bond Williams HR seminar later this month includes a presentation, FAQs and a help guide covering the Agency Workers Regulations to help employers prepare for changes that will come with the forthcoming legislation. For more information and to register your attendance, visit our website.

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