REC provides podcast support to industry and warns more needs to be done to support businesses and workers.

Challenge and delay.

The REC have started a series of podcasts aimed to support the recruitment industry in the coming weeks and months.


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The government’s announced on the deferral of the upcoming IR35 tax changes have been welcomed by the REC who made an additional warning to the government that the changes were unsustainable while businesses were dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

“The REC has been campaigning for a delay to IR35 with a wide range of campaign partners and we are pleased to see this news, though we wish it had come in better circumstances,” said Neil Carberry, CEO of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation. “There has never been a more crucial time to maintain the stability and flexibility of the UK labour market. This change will ensure that employers have access to high-skilled contractors to manage the forthcoming fluctuations in demand, as the country navigates through the next few months.

“Along with the loan facilities announced yesterday by the Chancellor, these steps go some way to protecting our jobs market. But more is needed,” he added. “Temporary online Right to Work checks need to happen so that staff can be approved for work as quickly and safely as possible, especially in the NHS. We will need different approaches to ensure safeguarding in health and education.

“We also ask the government to provide support to cover 14 days of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for all businesses regardless of staff size. SSP claims are already putting cash-constrained businesses under huge pressure and risking payments to workers when they need it most,” he concluded.

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