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Preparing for the Agency Workers Directive

Preparing for the Agency Workers Directive

The plight of UK contractors, freelancers and temporary workers has once again come under the spotlight this week following the launch of the REC’s Agency Workers Directive (AWD) Toolkit.

Since the EU-inspired regulations were signed off in January this year there has been much speculation within the industry about the scope of the AWD. As things stand, umbrella company workers are thought to be captured by the regulations whereas those who are genuinely “in business on their own account” are not.

This would appear to suggest that contractors working outside of IR35 and through their own limited company will not be subject to the much critised ’12 week rule’. Many industry insiders however are yet to be fully convinced that this is indeed the case.

The REC is under no illusions about the potential impact of the AWD. According to the organisation, their new toolkit will assist recruiters to overcome the administrative, legal and practical challenges in a post AWR world.

A spokesperson from the REC said that the industry has reached an important milestone and the now was the time to sit up and pay attention to what is one of the most significant events ever to hit the industry. More information about AWR toolkit can be found by visiting the REC’s website.

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