New rules mean that agencies that introduce job hunters for permanent employment no longer have to check their suitability for the role, except where the work involves caring for a vulnerable person. Businesses supplying temporary workers remain obliged to check an applicant's experience and qualifications.

The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2010 are designed to reduce some of the administrative burdens on employment agencies and stop rogue agencies ripping people off in the fashion and performance industries.

The regulations should protect work seekers from unscrupulous agencies that charge upfront fees but do not find them work.

Whilst agencies are getting to grips with the regulations, it is worth noting that the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 are due to come into force from 1 October 2011. These regulations will introduce new rights for agency workers, including the right to the same pay and other basic working conditions as equivalent permanent staff after a 12 week qualifying period. The Government's review of these regulations has now concluded and it has been announced that they will not be amended prior to coming into force.

Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2010