What are Agency Regulations & How Can They Help You?
14 June 2021
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All recruitment agencies must abide to two key regulations, these being the Employment Agencies Act 1973 and  Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003. These agency regulations were put in place to ensure the rights of agency workers and to prevent agencies from exploiting their workers in the jobs they carry out. Read on below to find out more about agency regulations and how they can help you as someone looking to become an agency worker.

Important Agency Regulation – Candidates Cannot be Charged  

The following points are included in the Employment Agencies act but here is a summary of some of what these agency regulations are and how they help. As an agency it is illegal to charge job seekers for being a candidate, they can only be charged if they are using additional aid, including career guides or CV writing systems – Pure Staff do not charge job seekers. This is obviously beneficial to the candidate and allows them to apply for more jobs in confidence which increases their chances of employment.

Important Agency Regulation – Written Contract 

When it comes to an agency hiring a worker, they must be provided with a Key Information Document. This document includes important details such as thing like pay, holiday leave, legally required deductions (such as tax and NI) and also whether they are under contract for services or a contract of employment. This is just a verification for the Agency and worker to make the engagement official and have all the important details noted on a Key Information Document which helps both parties.

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Important Agency Regulation- Worker’s Suitability

Though this seems particularly obvious, it is still extremely important. Agencies are legally obligated to assess the suitability of a candidate for a particular job role. This benefits job seekers as agencies should never expect you to do a job that you are not suitable for. At Pure Staff, if someone were applying to become a HGV driver for example, then we would have to check them for a driving license and their ability to drive a large vehicle. They would also have to agree to our Drivers CPC Policy. Looking for a driving job, look on the jobs page, where we have a range of driving opportunities.

Important Agency Regulation – Workers Must Be Paid

This agency regulation may seem quite surprising, however once an agency worker has completed a job they must be paid. Even if an end Hirer does not like the work produced by the worker this till remains the case as the responsibility of the job falls down to the End Hirer and not it’s workers. This protects workers as it saves them from losing earned money from a job due to an End Hirer not liking it. The agency may not be happy with the worker yet sometimes it isn’t the fault of the worker, yet just that the End Hirer’s opinion is subjective.

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