A roundtable discussion will be chaired today by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) focussing on the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR). Amongst the invited attendees will be the Tempo organisation, an alliance of recruiters and end users created at the start of 2013 by the leading temporary/contracting recruitment agency de Poel to raise industry standards.

Tempo takes the view that the BIS review of AWR is a welcome measure that may help protect the UK’s flexible workforce and minimise the administrative burden faced by organisations wishing to hire Umbrella Company Employees and other temporary flexible workers. Paperwork obligations will be a focal concern of today’s discussion.

Tempo chairman Keith Faulkner said: “We are pleased to attend BIS’ roundtable on AWR. Receiving an invitation is recognition that Tempo, despite its very recent formation, has a part to play in the industry’s ongoing discussion of AWR. We welcome BIS actively consulting on industry issues. We consider this to be an area where we can add significant value as an alliance representing both users and agencies who are committed to establishing best practice in flexible staffing.”

Tempo’s new steering group met for the first time towards the end of last month, during which agreement was reached that the organisation would only offer Tempo membership to agencies that “demonstrably work to achieve high standards in the service offered to both users and workers, in full compliance with their statutory obligations”.

The organisation believes this approach is in alignment with government objectives to improve workforce productivity with greater use of flexible employment arrangements while protecting the flexible workforce adequately.

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