October 1st is the date when the legislation will officially be implemented, and the impending event is forcing many companies to seek guidance to ensure they are ticking all the boxes when it comes to taking on new staff, including sales recruitment candidates.
Commenting on the increase in calls, Steve Othen, the REC's head of inbound, said it is a "real positive" that members are doing their best to prepare themselves for AWR.
"July to August stats rose by around 500 queries and we are looking at a similar increase in August to September. To ensure that we can support the need of our membership, we have added two additional advisors to our current Helpline team," he added.
A recent survey carried out by the REC found that 83 per cent of companies say their use of agency workers will either grow or stay the same over the coming year, compared to 80 per cent in July.
Additionally, just 42 per cent of employers are not planning to make any significant changes to the way they manage and use agency workers, down from the 46 per cent earlier in the summer.
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Posted by John Oak and Wayne Bly
Source: The Sales Director News