The REC announces a major new strategic partnership with Recruitment Industry Benchmarking (RIB). The purpose of this new collaboration is to assist REC members with improving their business’s performance through a proven, measurable system of benchmarking.
The REC has contacted the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) following spot-check inspections of recruitment agencies in Exeter by the Employment Agency Standards inspectorate in co-operation within HMRC.
According to the monthly Markit/CIPS report, activity in the construction industry saw an increase in January.
The REC is today (Tuesday February 1) launching one of the most extensive support programmes it has ever mounted. It is focused on helping REC members prepare their businesses, staff, clients and temporary workers for the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations on October 1 this year.
The Welsh Assembly Government has confirmed that it is terminating funding for the Quality Mark Wales which the REC has been managing on its behalf for the past three and a half years. The scheme is aimed at promoting safe recruitment in schools and the REC had argued for it to be maintained despite the current expenditure squeeze which has resulted in many other high-profile initiatives being cut.
The REC has welcomed Government confirmation of plans to reform the UK's tribunal system. This was one of the key areas for Government action called for by the REC in recent discussions with Employment Relations Minister, Ed Davey.
Discussions with the Employment Relations Minister Ed Davey in December focused on some of the grey areas that need to be addressed in the official guidance.
With unemployment in Northern Ireland on the rise again, private recruiters are seeing signs of cautious optimism among local employers over their hiring intentions.
Today’s announcement by the Office for National Statistics has revealed a shock 0.5 per cent contraction in the UK’s economy in the final quarter of 2010.
Unemployment figures: closer ties between public and private sectors will help Welsh jobseekers, says REC
With unemployment still on the increase in Wales, the trade association representing the private recruitment industry has pledged to continue working in partnership with the public sector to help get more people back into work.