Umbrella Companies Advised To Consider Forthcoming AWR

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) and Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) have urged umbrella companies and recruitment agencies to consider the terms for Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), which will go into effect on 1st October. The final guidance on the AWR was recently published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), leaving just a few months for umbrella companies and recruitment agencies to plan for its arrival.

 

Under the new EU directive, temporary workers will enjoy the same rights – for instance, pay and working conditions – as permanent employees. However, because the AWR is designed primarily for the protection of low-paid, vulnerable workers, highly skilled contractors – who often earn more than their counterparts – will derive slightly modified AWR benefits.

 

Predicting “less problematic” AWR compliance for highly skilled contractors, FCSA Chairman Stuart Davies offered several directive options…

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