Contractors and freelancers with their own limited company, as well as interim workers who use the services of a PAYE umbrella company could soon discover exactly where they sit under the Agency Workers Directive.
The REC has requested formal discussions with key members of the new coalition government, including both Vince Cable and Edward Davey, who now take up the role of secretary of state for business and business minister respectively.
According to the REC, one of the government’s first tasks should be a full and comprehensive impact assessment of the forthcoming Agency Workers Directive and in particular the important role that contractors, freelancers and temporary workers play within the UK economy.
A spokesperson from the REC said that the entire freelance marketplace is under threat from being over regulated. Both recruiters, contractors and umbrella companies are already struggling under the weight of excessive legislation and red tape.
The REC will make representations to new MPs over the coming months in an attempt to safeguard the future of the flexible labour market in this country.
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