Speaking at the Labour Party Conference, Ed Miliband used his signature address to assert that access to work is denied to some UK born jobseekers because providers run policies to only hire foreign workers.
Mr Miliband had made similar comments earlier in summer implying that the recruitment industry is set for a crackdown under any future Labour Government. In his speech on immigration to the Institute for Public Policy Research, he said that ‘some recruitment agencies operating in Britain are now effectively open solely to foreign workers. They exclude local workers from their books' He added that 'it’s happening because it is a part of our economy that has not been subject to sufficient rules and regulations. We need to change it.’
Now Adrian Marlowe, chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies (ARC) is writing to the Labour Party for clarity and examples regarding the problems, and the nature of any proposed changes.
He said: "It is not reasonable to single out recruitment agencies for doing the best for their clients while many EU workers have been willing to work for less than their UK counterparts. When agencies follow the instructions of their clients; it does not mean they pay illegal rates.
“An attack on agencies is entirely unnecessary, as the recruitment industry is no more subject to discrimination charges than any other sector. In fact, it performs a sterling role for its clients in keeping the UK as an attractive and flexible place in which to do business.“
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