The UK Government has launched a consultation on reforming legislation which regulates employment agencies and employment businesses. The issues which the consultation addresses are around clarity as to who pays the temporary worker, in the event that the hirer does not pay; movement between jobs; "temp to perm transfer fees" and bringing work seekers within the employment tribunal system in the UK for regulation of disputes.

The idea behind the proposed regulation is to simplify the current regime and to reduce the regulation to core protections for work-seekers and hirers (for example, the restriction on charging upfront fees to work seekers and on charging unreasonable transfer fees to hirers).

There is also a suggestion that employment agencies and businesses publish information on their website which might include the following:

  • Feedback reviews form work seekers and hirers
  • The type of occupational sector that the agency or business operates within
  • Size of the business/staff numbers and locations
  • Number of jobs available
  • Number of work seekers available
  • Average length of time it takes to fill a post
  • Equalities policies