Trade bodies The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) have come together this week following days of political uncertainty after the Conservative’s failed to secure an outright majority in last week’s General Election. While talks are continuing with the DUP it remains, at the time of publication, unclear as to how this alliance will work.
And it’s not just day to day politics which is being affected – with Brexit looming on the horizon it’s critical that decisions are made quickly.
As quoted in The Recruiter, REC CEO Kevin Green said: “Uncertainty creates a vacuum so we urge the politicians to reach an agreement quickly and to prioritise prosperity and jobs.”
Meanwhile, APSCo operations director Samantha Hurley added: “It is unfortunate that this [General Election] result does not offer the level of stability that the UK desperately needs. The impact of this result on both the permanent and flexible labour markets has the potential to be significant.”
With no overall dominating party and with Brexit talks set to begin in the coming days, recruiters are urging jobs to be a significant focus. In particular, the REC wants to see flexible working discussed more.
Quoted in The Recruiter, Chairman of REC Adrian Marlowe said: “We need to create an environment that is attractive to both internal and external investors. One of the conditions for that will be suitable flexibility in the workforce. As debate about future direction evolves, there is an opportunity to influence the new government. The Taylor Review is due to report this summer, and its outcome is likely to bear strongly on recruiting. To help ensure that the recruitment industry is not side-lined there needs to be unity behind a single, strong voice that calls for a modern and progressive vision for labour relations.”
The Taylor Review is an independent review into the rights of the self-employed and gig-economy workers with tax set to be a major focus.
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