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Agency Workers Regulations reduces use of agency workers says CBI survey

06 September 2012 #Employment

A survey, Facing the future: CBI/Harvey Nash employment trends survey 2012, carried out by the CBI and Harvey Nash, examines the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 on businesses.

The comprehensive report of the survey is broken down into the following sections:

  • The employment landscape
  • The fifteen employment trends survey
  • Companies taking a cautious line on hiring
  • Pay restraint is a response to the search for competitiveness
  • Getting young people to work
  • Tackling the burden of employment regulation
  • Building on the UK’s strengths and a place to invest
  • Agency Workers Regulations hitting work opportunities
  • Without the DRA firms face big challenges
  • Employee engagement is essential for success

The survey results highlight a number of key trends. It revealed that 57% of the 319 businesses surveyed had reduced their use of agency workers as a result of the Regulations, while 8% have stopped using them entirely. Many firms (36%) are using fixed term contracts as an alternative. Interestingly, the survey also suggests that there has been an increase in the use of self-employed contractors, with other businesses asking existing employees to put in more overtime.

The report gives a positive picture of the UK labour market, despite this being a challenging time for UK businesses. Essential reading to gain a good understanding of the current trends in the labour market and how they will impact on business in the near future.

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