WITH the implementation date of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) on the 1st of October, UK umbrella company, Tarpon, are encouraging all contractors to be ready.
Says Tarpon: “The AWR, also known as the Agency Workers Directive (AWD), is a piece of legislation which, once in force, will entitle an agency worker to the same basic working and employment conditions as would have been received if directly employed by the company, therefore enforcing equal treatment and day one rights for all agency workers.
“However, according to the recent survey carried out by The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), a surprising number of employers still remain unaware of the new regulations.
“As high as 23 per cent are unaware of the new regulations, 44 per cent remain undecided, and only 14 per cent of employers said they will definitely make changes for the implementation date of the AWR.
“Of those who have committed to making changes there has been an increase to 13 per cent, previously eight per cent in July.
‘A positive note from the survey is the increase in three per cent of employers, now at 83 per cent, who plan on maintaining or increasing their use of agency workers throughout the next year, compared to 80 per cent last month.”
A spokesperson for Tarpon commented on the recent findings:
“This survey has established that more notice and clarity must be made to help influence the current approach chosen by organisations.
“We at Tarpon take employment responsibility seriously and are happy to back the new changes that the AWR will be implementing As a company we are proud to offer 100 per cent protection against any potential employment law and tax challenges related to employees working with us.”
Tarpon is an umbrella company specialising in contractor payroll, enabling contractors to maximise their income and streamline their admin.
Tarpon UK Ltd,
Wigmore Park Centre,
tel: 0800 434 6402
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