193 agencies denied REC membership

Tuesday 3 February 2015

A total of 193 recruitment agencies have been denied membership with the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) because they failed to meet compliance standards.

When looking to join or renew membership with REC, agencies are required to pass the compliance test and prove that they adhere to REC's Code of Professional Practice.

These agencies are responsible for helping contractors as well as people looking for permanent jobs to find employment.

The test was introduced in July 2012 and is now a prerequisite for membership. Members were given until December 31st 2014 to pass the text.

Of those that failed, 83 agencies are former REC members. A further 110 agencies were not able to get membership because they did not meet the required standards.

To pass the test, applicants have to show that they have a solid understanding of the REC Code of Professional Practice, good knowledge about legislation relating to their industry and a commitment to high ethical standards.

People who have gained membership with the REC need to retake the test every two years. At present, the REC represents 82 per cent of the recruitment industry in the UK. This industry as a whole is worth £28.7 billion by revenue.

Speaking about the results of which agencies passed and which failed the test, chief executive of the REC Kevin Green said: "95 per cent of our members passed the compliance test before the December deadline and that’s terrific news. We have lost a few members because they couldn’t satisfy us that they met our high standards, but the upshot is that we now know all of our members are committed to being compliant and to upholding high standards.

"This is great news for clients and candidates who can trust that REC membership means quality and compliance.

"We’re looking forward to working with our members to continually drive up standards and improve the reputation of our industry."

Moving forward, Mr Green said that he hopes more agencies speak to REC in the future to work out how they can ensure best practice and what they can do to add value to their brand.

Members who managed to pass the test commented in support of it as a part of gaining membership with REC.

For example, commercial manager at Templeton and Partners Limited Andrew Ribbans said that the test offered a welcome opportunity that his agency puts compliance with legislation and the REC code at the heart of all its practices.

Company director at Construction Alliance Recruitment Tony Colucci said that a scrupulous company that adheres to relevant procedures would find the REC compliance test straightforward. He added that the REC had been very helpful, reassuring and professional in terms of guiding him on passing the test. Mr Colucci expressed that he looks forward to working with the REC for a number of years moving forward.

By Victoria McDonnell

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