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Thursday 1 September 2011

Pensions reform 'must acknowledge role of recruitment agencies'

The government needs to acknowledge the very different role that recruitment agencies play in the placement of workers to general employers, it has been claimed.

Following the Work and Pensions Committee inquiry into automatic enrolment for workplace pensions, in which recruitment agencies are classed as 'employers', the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has argued that they play a "very different role" in the labour market.

Gillian Econopouly, REC head of public policy, explained that the recruitment industry operates in a "unique way" that gives employers access to skilled temporary workers, including sales recruitment candidates.

However, the implementation of these new pension reforms is resulting in compliance becoming very complex for agencies.

She noted that the REC is highlighting areas of major concern to the recruitment industry, particularly the "bureaucracy" of auto-enrolling and then un-enrolling staff regularly.

Ms Econopouly elaborated: "It is essential that policymakers appreciate the administrative burden that auto-enrolment will have for agencies, detracting them from their day-to-day business of helping workers to find job opportunities, and employers to access talent."

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Source: The Sales Director News

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