According to Government sources the new laws for replacing the existing Employment Agencies Act and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 are now likely to be published in early 2014.
The Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) has applauded the Government for what it described as a considered approach on the consultation on reforming the regulatory framework for the recruitment sector.
There was mixed reaction to the Government's response to the recent consultation on the future of regulating the agency market. Limited companies retain their right to opt-out; the Government will retain some regulatory responsibility though the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate (EAS) amid fears there would be a shift towards self-regulations.
The Government has started a crackdown on rogue agencies by putting modelling and entertainment agencies in London under the spotlight. Nine agencies have been issued with warnings for failing to comply with the law.