The Agency Workers Regulations are due to be implemented in the UK on 1st October 2011. This EU directive has been controversial and contentious in the contracting sector as contractors fear that these regulations could cost them work opportunities. The aim of the directive is to protect agency workers at the lower paid end of the spectrum. However, even after extensive consultation many high earning contractors, including umbrella contractors, have been caught by the legislation.

However, fresh discussions are afoot regarding the regulations which could be of benefit to  technical and engineering contractors. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation is set to discuss the impact of the regulations with its members and fellow recruitment organisations in the next few weeks. The leading recruitment body in the UK will also be joined by Semta who are the skills council for the manufacturing and engineering sector. They will be briefing the assembled group on building a “workforce for tomorrow”.

Chair of REC’s engineering and technical arm Philip Higgins, stated: We always aim to address the key issues faced by our members at our briefings. This briefing will provide that, by focussing on both day to day business and the long term structure of the industry.”

He concluded: “From a range of topics members can gain food for thought and some practical steps and advice for their companies.”

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