Scantec has become the first recruitment company to be certified by the leading Umbrella Company trade association the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) and has jointly developed a “Supply Chain Confidence” initiative in collaboration with the trade body.

The enterprise has been designed to ensure organisations can have full confidence in the supply chain at a time when the risks of their being held liable for failures further down that chain – including the risk of being held criminally liable – have grown substantially. Scantec’s business improvement manager, Jeni Howard, explained that this was why it had now become critical for its clients to pursue due diligence on the entire supply chain, including recruitment partners and Umbrella Company payroll providers.

The “Supply Chain Confidence” initiative, she said, establishes transparent compliance and will give Scantec clients “real peace of mind.” She added:

“We have been working closely with the FCSA to develop the initiative, which enables our partners to demonstrate compliance with the Modern Slavery Act, the GDPR and many other industry-wide regulations.

“Carrying out high quality due diligence will help protect against criminal liability for facilitating tax evasion through the supply chain – under the Criminal Finance Act that came into effect at the end of September.”

Ms Howard described the initiative as a transparent compliance charter which Scantec’s supply chain now adheres to, with all parties in the chain undergoing assessments to secure accreditation by the FCSA. The FCSA has acquired a prestigious reputation for establishing benchmarks and setting best practice standards in the employment intermediary industry.

As the first recruitment firm to be certified by the FCSA, Ms Howard said, all its end clients will be able to have full confidence that each of Scantec’s Umbrella Company associates have been independently audited by a top four auditor to ensure they comply with rigorous standards. This places Scantec ahead of other recruitment businesses, she added.

Welcoming the initiative, FCSA Chief Executive Julia Kermode expressed her organisation’s “delight” in collaborating with Scatec, which she believes will deliver real supply chain confidence.

She said, “Our Accredited Members are not allowed to operate offshore schemes, loan schemes, trusts, managed services companies schemes, pay-day-by-pay models or similar so you can be assured of a fully compliant and ethical supply chain.”

Howard clarified that Scantec would continue to work closely with the FCSA to keep the code of conduct regularly revised and updated to ensure that all accredited members remained compliant with new legislation.

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