Taylor Review targets zero-hours contracts

The BBC has learned that Matthew Taylor, the head of the Government-commissioned inquiry into modern working practices, is about to recommend that workers on zero-hours contracts should be granted the “right to request” fixed hours. Mr Taylor and his panel have become concerned that some workers are being exploited by businesses using this model of engagement. If the recommendation is granted, [...]

Economy threatened by skills crisis

Experts from the UK’s staffing industry have been commenting on the latest employment figures from the Office for National Statistics. Published last week, the new data shows the unemployment total tumbling by 53,000 to 1.54 million in the first three months of 2017, while the share of people aged 16 to 64 now in work has reached 74.8 per cent. Kevin Green, the Chief Executive of the Recruitment [...]

APSCo unveils its contractor-friendly manifesto

The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has released its new manifesto, which details five key policy recommendations for the economy in the post-Brexit (and post-election) era. Commenting at the launch, APSCo’s Director of Operations, Samantha Hurley, drew attention to the fact that since the term “gig economy” entered the lexicon, the media has concentrated its attention [...]

REC: Labour’s blanket bans undermine flexible working

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC), the professional body for UK-based recruitment businesses, has become the latest voice in the staffing industry to raise concerns about employment policy proposals contained in the Labour Party manifesto. Amongst numerous other measures, the manifesto pledges to abolish zero-hours contracts to ensure that workers are guaranteed a number of [...]

FCSA condemns Labour’s “foolhardy” plan

The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) has learned that Labour intends a questionable clampdown on bogus self-employment and a blanket ban on Umbrella Companies if it is successful in the General Election next month. Labour plans to shift the burden of proof on a worker’s status by assuming in law that all workers are employees unless employers can prove their self-employment [...]