The beginning of May saw an 'Ask the Experts' webinar on Agency Workers Regulations (AWR). This involved members of The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) having the opportunity to raise the latest implementation queries. With the aim of obtaining useful feedback on how employers and workers are approaching AWR.
The webinar covered member queries on issues such as the “calculation of holiday entitlements, managing request for information and the way that ‘pay between Assignment’ models are playing out”, involving over 140 participants.
A poll of REC members help curate the following information that helped detail the impact of AWR:
* Overall demand for agency staff, 86 per cent of members said the regulations were having a modest impact or no impact at all on demand with 15 per cent reporting a significant impact
* 40 per cent of members says that workers were not really aware of the regulations, with 51 per cent saying that workers were aware of the regulations but were ‘just getting on with things’
* Eight per cent of members predicted a surge in AWR-related tribunal activity over the coming six months.
This follows the recent news that umbrella company prospects are on the rise with 84 per cent of employers looking to maintain their number of agency workers and also in many cases increase their number of agency workers throughout the next 12 months, even with the tough economic climate that currently exists.
A spokesperson from one of the UK's leading umbrella company, Tarpon, commented on the recent findings:
“TheAWR has been in force for several months now and it's great to see that there has been minimal impact to those contracting in the UK, but the issue of confusion and awareness regarding AWR must be confronted.
“We've always believed in offering our employees a genuine 'employment solution' that offers entitlement to a full-time, permanent employment contract, creating a problem free solution for those contracting in the UK.
“As a company we are proud to offer 100 per cent protection against any employment law and tax challenges, and we believe that the future will continue to see little impact on demand for UK contractors.”
Tarpon are an umbrella company specialising in contractor tax efficiency, enabling contractors to maximise their income and streamline their admin. Tarpon also provide contractors and agencies with professional advice surrounding potential employment law and tax challenges, including IR35 and AWR.
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