AWR hasn’t dented demand for temps, REC says

The introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) has had little impact on British businesses’ need for temps, according to new data.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation’s (REC) ‘JobsOutlook’ survey revealed that AWR has not adversely affected appetite for agency workers – news that those looking for temp jobs in London and the rest of the country will be relieved to hear.

Of the 600 British companies polled, just two per cent had stopped using temps and only three per cent said that the new rules had made a ‘significant change’ to their use of agency staff. 47 per cent said that while they had felt some effects, AWR hadn’t dissuaded them from hiring temps, according to

Moreover, 44 per cent said that AWR had made less impact than they had originally feared and had made no bearing whatsoever on their use of agency staff.

Commenting on the latest figures, the REC’s director of research, Roger Tweedy, told “Despite many fears about the detrimental impact that AWR could have on the use of agency workers, UK businesses continue to understand the value in recruiting temporary, flexible labour.

“This data reinforces the findings of research we conducted earlier in the year, so we can be confident that the impact of the regulations has been a lot less damaging than some people feared it would be.”

by Elizabeth Smythe on October 29, 2012

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