This week, the REC met with HMRC officials and other professional bodies such as the PCG, at the latest IR35 Forum, the group set up by the Treasury to improve the administration of the IR35 tax rules. The group was established by the Chancellor last year as part of the Government's drive to simplify business taxation.
This week’s REC Policy Forum in Cardiff included detailed discussions on how the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) have impacted so far on the recruitment industry in Wales.
This week the REC took part in a parliamentary roundtable with Shadow Skills Minister Gordon Marsden MP, hosted by leading think tank Centre for Cities and the ICAEW.
A major issue for recruiters has been the need for more clarity and consistency in the application of VAT rules for the supply of temporary staff in sectors such as healthcare, charities and financial services. The importance of ensuring a level playing field has been a key industry message back to Government and the REC has been in regular dialogue with HMRC on this issue.
The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has today announced plans to incentivise employers and charities providing job opportunities to young people. Funding will be targeted at young people who are at the highest risk of long term unemployment.
Holding their first general meeting of 2012, REC Life Sciences, the group for recruiters working in the life sciences industries, hosted an expert panel on the growing skills shortages facing the industry.
The REC is today pleased to announce that Bryan Peña, Vice President of Staffing Industry Analysis, is the latest speaker to be confirmed CIETT’s World Employment Conference which the REC is hosting in London in May.
This week’s Policy Forum in Belfast provided the latest update on how the Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) are impacting in Northern Ireland. The feedback underlined the significant cost and bureaucracy that agencies have had to absorb but also confirmed that the demand for flexible staffing had remained strong and was increasing in some sectors.
The abolition of the General Teaching Council for England (GTCE) from 31 March 2012 was confirmed in a letter this week from its Chief Executive Alan Meyric . The new Teaching Agency will take on some of the GTCE’s remit, but there will no longer be a formal registration scheme for teachers.
Public sector resourcing – Procurement of recruitment services must protect safety and sustainability of supply, says REC
The REC has been in dialogue with Cabinet Office and the Government Procurement Service (GPS), following recent Government announcements on changes to public procurement procedures. Immediate priorities have been to underline the need to recognise quality and safety of supply and to collate the initial feedback from public sector recruiters.