With the implementation date of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) on the 1st of October, UK umbrella company Tarpon are encouraging all contractors to be ready.
The AWR, also known as the Agency Workers Directive (AWD), is a piece of legislation which, once in force, will entitle an agency worker to the same basic working and employment conditions as would have been received if directly employed by the company, therefore enforcing equal treatment and day one rights for all agency workers.
However, according to the recent survey carried out by The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), a surprising number of employers still remain unaware of the new regulations. As high as 23% are unaware of the new regulations, 44% remain undecided, and only 14% of employers said they will definitely make changes for the implementation date of the AWR. Of those who have committed to making changes there has been an increase to 13%, previously 8% in July.
A positive note from the survey is the increase in 3% of employers, now at 83%, who plan on maintaining or increasing their use of agency workers throughout the next year, compared to 80% last month.
A spokesperson for Tarpon commented on the recent findings:
“This survey has established that more notice and clarity must be made to help influence the current approach chosen by organisations. We at Tarpon take employment responsibility seriously and are happy to back the new changes that the AWR will be implementing As a company we are proud to offer 100% protection against any potential employment law and tax challenges related to employees working with us.”
The REC's Director of Policy and Professional Services has also commented on the findings of the survey:
“With nearly a quarter of employers still unaware of the changes the Regulations will bring, and a further 44 percent still unsure of what measures to take, there is scope for one final concerted push to raise awareness and address common misconceptions…”
Tarpon is an umbrella company specialising in contractor payroll, enabling contractors to maximise their income and streamline their admin.
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