A new Commission has been launched by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation with the express purpose of increasing the profile of skilled flexible workers, such as PAYE umbrella contractors, in government circles.
The Flexible Work Commission will be chaired by the former DG of the British Chambers of Commerce, David Frost CBE, and will provide practical proposals for the government on re-energising the market in flexible labour. A central part of the Commission’s remit is to promote the use amongst employers of skilled experts working through umbrella companies to help them tap into the skills they require rapidly and increase their productivity.
Commenting on the Commission, David Frost CBE said:
“Our flexible labour market is seen as one of the UK’s major competitive advantages. Quantifying the benefits to business and workers and identifying ways of enhancing this flexibility are the core aims of the Commission. This initiative will not only drive forward the political debate, but will also develop practical solutions for employers on maximizing the benefits of flexible working arrangements.”
Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive, added “In the current economic climate, companies need to consider how best to organise their workforce in order to compete and bring the right skills into the business. The flexible staffing solutions developed by employers and recruiters will help UK businesses respond quickly to new opportunities. The Commission will take stock of the latest trends and innovations and will lead the debate on how Government can best ensure that, post-AWR, the UK continues to benefits from a dynamic and flexible labour market.”
The first meeting of the Commission is scheduled for January 2012.