The Recruitment and Employment industry is heavily regulated which means Sitec's internal processes and procedures need to comply with various levels of legislation.
The Company is a corporate member of the REC (Recruitment and Employers Confederation) and it's Recruitment Teams members of the IRP (Institute of Recruitment Professionals). Internal and external auditing ensures we work to best industry standards and that we maintain a professional, ethical and compliant service.
Agency Workers Regulations
The Regulations stem from the EU Temporary Workers Directive 2008 which gives agency workers the right to the same pay and other working conditions enjoyed by a hirer’s own workers. Importantly however, the Regulations do not alter agency workers’ employment status i.e. they do not make an agency worker an employee of either the hirer or the agency. Whilst in other parts of the EU, this right to equal treatment comes into effect from day one of an assignment, the UK has secured a derogation period of 12 weeks. This means that an agency worker will only be entitled to equal treatment once she/he has completed 12 weeks’ of service in the same role with the same hirer (with the exception of Day One rights).
The Conduct of Employment Agencies & Employment Business Regulations
The government introduced the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations2003 (the Conduct Regulations) to raise standards within the recruitment industry. These Regulations stipulate how recruitment businesses should operate, providing added protection for work-seekers and specific requirments on how the recruitment business supplies work-seekers to an end client.
Working Time Regulations
The Working Time Regulations determine the maximum weekly working time, patterns of work and holidays, plus the daily and weekly rest periods. They also cover the health and working hours of night workers. The Regulations apply to both part time or full-time workers, including the majority of agency workers and freelancers, although certain categories of workers are excluded. In general the Working Time Regulations provide rights to:
- a limit of an average 48 hours a week on the hours a worker can be required to work, though individuals may choose to work longer by "opting out"
- paid annual leave of 5.6 weeks' a year
- 11 consecutive hours' rest in any 24-hour period
- a 20-minute rest break if the working day is longer than six hours
- one day off each week
- a limit on the normal working hours of night workers to an average eight hours in any 24-hour period, and an entitlement for night workers to receive regular health assessments.
There are special regulations for young workers, which restrict their working hours to 8 hours per day and 40 hours per week. The rest break is 30 minutes if their work lasts more than 4.5 hours. They are also entitled to two days off each week. Any proposals to change patterns of working are best carried out in a consultative way, explaining the reasons behind such a move and the benefits which may accrue to both the organisation and worker.
From October 2012, the Government introduced new pension regulations which affect all UK employees and PAYE Workers. All employers have a legal requirement to automatically enrol eligible jobholders into a qualifying scheme. Sitec automatically enrol all eligible jobholders into our Group Personal Pension.
You can find out more about auto-enrolment by visiting: www.direct.gov.uk/workplacepension