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Impact of Agency Worker Regulations less than expected

The UK’s demand for a flexible workforce remains strong, according to new evidence from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation’s (REC) latest JobsOutlook survey, a monthly poll of employer hiring intentions.

The research confirms that, despite fears at the time, the introduction of Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) in October 2011 has not fundamentally altered the demand for temporary labour.

The survey posed a question that specifically quizzed employers about their assessment of the impact the AWR has had one year on. The results revealed that:

  • 44% agreed with the statement that “the regulations have had less impact than we feared”,
  • 47% said the regulations have had some impact, but have not fundamentally changed the way they use agency staff,
  • 3% answered that the regulations have had a significant impact on their use of agency staff,
  • 2% said that the regulations have meant they have stopped using agency staff all together, and
  • 4% were unsure.

 

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