The majority of employment agencies have reported that the demand for temporary workers under the new Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) has hardly been affected. Recruitment agencies are saying that there is still a high demand for temporary staff working under umbrella company contracts and that they are experiencing “little or no impact”.

The results were discovered during a recent survey released by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) as a direct result of a members “Ask the Experts” webinar, which was held this week.

The REC found that according to 86% of their members the Agency Worker Regulations are at best having an indifferent effect on short-term staff working under umbrella companies. There were only 15% who said that the regulation had caused any major effect on staffing demands.

Perhaps more worrying was the fact that the survey showed that an incredible 40% of REC members were not even aware of the regulation itself, while 51% of agencies acknowledged it but said, workers were happy to continue as normal and were “just getting on with it”.

Results produced by the REC’s monitoring of the AWR in April found that although it had caused increased paperwork for agencies and that they had encored additional costs, they felt that the temporary hiring of workers was still very strong in the UK marketplace.

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