The government has announced that it will press ahead with implementing a new regulation obliging employment agencies and businesses to advertise new roles in the UK if they are also to be advertised overseas.

Job seekers and assignment-hunting Umbrella Company employees alike have good cause to feel miffed if they discover that an opportunity they might have seized was never presented to them in the first place because it was advertised exclusively overseas. Thanks to the new regulation, which is expected to be implemented by the end of this year, these days are fast approaching their end.

The rule will require ads for jobs and contracting assignments to be placed in the UK in English for 28 days prior to be being placed in a European Economic Area (EEA) country, and will also permit simultaneous EEA and UK advertising. Agencies will, however, be allowed to defend a decision to advertise exclusively abroad if they can demonstrate that the role would attract no local applicants.

Welcoming the proposed regulation, the chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC), Adrian Marlowe, said that it would enable UK workers to view jobs that were being advertised abroad even if employment agencies had been told by end user hirers that they only wished to appoint foreign workers.

He added: “Other sanctions already exist under the Equality Act if foreign workers are given preference over local workers. As a result this new provision addresses an unhelpful perception about the recruitment industry and will enable it to demonstrate that it is not adding fuel to the fire over why some UK jobs are going to foreign workers.”

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