The Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), Britain’s largest trade association for umbrella companies and a widely respected benchmarking authority for the staffing industry, has announced a new business partnership with recruitment business support service Recruitready.

Recruitready offers a comprehensive range of administrative support functions to recruitment agencies. The new partnership will mean that FCSA members and agencies will gain full access to Recruitready’s repertoire of recruitment-specialised services, including website construction and hosting, marketing, credit control and invoicing. Among its other benefits, the company also offers a Recruitment Industry Benchmarking Service.

The use of fully compliant, well-regulated umbrella companies by recruiters is likely to be enhanced by the new deal in the quest to source skilled contracting professionals for end clients.

In a gesture of support for the new deal, Recruitready is offering a free annual service – the RIB, or Recruitment Industry Benchmarking company – to the first ten recruitment firms that contact the FCSA about the offer. The package is normally valued at well over £18,000.

Recruitready’s RIB customers include a wide range of recruitment companies, from startups to well-established brands, providing high-value insight into the competitiveness and operational efficiency of their business through top-quality data collection and benchmarking activities.

Expressing his delight at the new partnership, the company’s founder and MD, Alex Grant, acknowledged that the FCSA had presided over much-needed benchmarking for compliance within the staffing industry, exemplifying a drive shared by Recruitready itself to continually improve standards and foster honest, transparent and compliant practice across the sector.

Welcoming the opportunity to join the FCSA’s network dedicated to “making a real difference in the modern working landscape”, Grant looked forward to working with the umbrella company trade body, and the recruiters who opt to engage with it, to share knowledge about what good practice really consists of.

He went on to say that Recruitready and FCSA would work together to establish “the highest possible ethics and standards” to encourage the future growth of the staffing industry, adding: “With those clear and apparent parallels, a working partnership with FCSA makes complete sense on all fronts.”

Speaking for the FCSA, CEO Julia Kermode said: “Recruitready understands the needs and challenges that recruitment agencies face on a daily basis, so I am delighted to welcome them on board as a new business partner and to give Alex and his team the FCSA seal of approval.  Our sector is facing a number of significant changes, so it is important for agencies to know they can rely on Recruitready to provide a first-class solution and reliable services that will help them to grow and thrive.”

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