All eyes are on Britain’s major political parties as we count down to next year’s General Election. Top of the agenda for contractors is where their issues will feature on manifestos. The Conservative Party have stated that, should they win, they would delay the implementation of the Agency Workers’ Directive until December 2011.

Anne Fairweather, head of public policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) spoke to The Recruiter at the recent Conservative Party conference in Manchester. She said that Jonathan Djangoly, shadow minister for corporate governance and business regulation had stated that the implementation of this directive would amount to £40 billion for British businesses over the next ten years. This has been the main reason given for delaying implementation.

Chief Executive of REC, Kevin Green, commented: “The REC has been calling on the government to delay implementing this directive until the last possible moment in 2011. We are pleased to see the Conservative Party recognises that the cost of getting the implementation of this directive wrong could be huge. It is vital that the labour market recovers before the regulations are implemented. This will also give recruiters and their clients the time to plan how best to ensure that equal treatment after 12 weeks works in practice. This is a complex issue and by waiting until December 2011, we can ensure that we minimise the adverse effect of this legislation on jobs.”

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