Code of Conduct

Sitec is a long standing, corporate member of the Recruitment and Employers’ Confederation (REC) and adhere to the Code of Professional Practice which creates a clear framework of values and principles and demonstrates our commitment to professional and ethical recruitment.The REC offer guidance, legal advice and training to Sitec to help achieve and maintain these standards.

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General Principles

Sitec observe the highest principles of ethics, equality, integrity, professional conduct and fair practice in dealing with others and will conduct our business in a manner designed to enhance the operation, image and reputation of the recruitment industry and REC Members. The REC will offer guidance, legal advice and training to Sitec to help achieve these standards.

Ethical conduct is not simply compliance with legal requirements but extends to honesty, respect for and equitable treatment of others, integrity and social responsibility. It is conduct that holds up to disclosure and to public scrutiny. Sitec and all staff will act towards other members and non-members, candidates, clients and others at all times in good faith.

The REC has an important role to play in continuously improving standards within the recruitment industry. This Code is binding on all Corporate Members of the REC and their subsidiary/ associate companies. Where a Member operates in a sector or sectors covered by one or more of the REC’s industry sector codes of practice, the requirements of the applicable code or codes are also binding.

Principle 1   -  Respect for laws

  • Sitec and its staff will comply with all relevant legislation, statutory and non-statutory requirements and official guidance and any future amendments to such requirements during the course of providing our services to others.

Principle 2   -   Respect for honesty and transparency

  • Sitec will act honestly in all dealings with work seekers, clients, members, non-members and others.

  • In the course of representing a work seeker or client, Sitec shall not knowingly make a false or inaccurate statement, fail to disclose a material fact, or make a representation as to future matters without having reasonable grounds for making it.

  • Sitec will adhere to principles of truth in advertising and will only advertise positions, through any medium, for which we have documented permission to recruit.

  • All fees, charges and services provided will be explicitly and fully disclosed to clients prior to the acceptance of an assignment or prior to any work being undertaken for a client.

  • Sitec will document all key stages of the recruitment process in line with relevant legislation and good practice guidance.

Principle 3   -   Respect for work relationships

  • Sitec will not undertake actions that may unfairly or unlawfully jeopardise a work seeker’s employment.

  • Sitec will not undertake actions that may unfairly or unlawfully interfere in work relationships established by others.

  • Sitec will not attempt unfairly or unlawfully to prevent a work seeker from seeking work from other sources.

  • Sitec will in our dealings with all other REC Members and non-members treat them with respect and aim to work in a fair and open competitive environment.

Principle 4   -   Respect for diversity

  • Sitec will adhere to the spirit of all applicable human rights, employment laws and regulations and will treat work seekers, clients and others without prejudice or unjustified discrimination. Sitec will not act on an instruction from a client that is discriminatory and will, wherever possible, provide guidance to clients in respect of good diversity practice.

  • Sitec and our staff will treat all work seekers and clients with dignity and respect and aim to provide equity of employment opportunities based on objective business related criteria.

  • Sitec will establish working practices that safeguard against unlawful or unethical discrimination in the operation of their business.

Principle 5   -   Respect for safety

  • Sitec will act diligently in assessing risks to work seekers and clients and will not knowingly put at risk candidates, clients or others.

  • Sitec will inform work seekers whenever they have reason to believe that an engagement may cause a risk to health and safety.

Principle 6   -   Respect for professional knowledge

  • Sitec will work diligently to develop and maintain a satisfactory level of relevant and current professional knowledge.

  • Sitec will ensure that our staff is adequately trained and skilled to undertake their responsibilities in recruitment practice.

Principle 7   -   Respect for certainty of engagement

  • Sitec will supply work seekers with full details of the work, conditions of employment, the nature of the work to be undertaken, rates of pay, method and frequency of payment and pay arrangements in accordance with requirements of current legislation.

  • Sitec will ensure that any variation to the engagement can only occur with prior notification and agreement of the worker.

Principle 8   -   Respect for prompt and accurate payment

  • Sitec will pay promptly and accurately any wages and benefits due in accordance with any agreed terms and legal requirements.

  • Sitec will not penalise temporary/contract workers, for example for having been late or failed to attend part or all of an assignment or for poor performance, by making deductions from pay due for time that they have actually worked.

  • Sitec will not take on assignments that could result in their inability to pay temporary/contract workers.

Principle 9   -   Respect for ethical international recruitment

  • Sitec will supply all overseas work seekers with the same level of information as set out and implied in Principle 7. In addition, information provided should include details of the likely cost of living in the area the prospective hirer is situated, the likely length of the job in question and the state of the employment market in the field they are being recruited into. All information will be provided at no cost to the work seeker.

  • Sitec will ensure that in relation to overseas recruitment, we will abide by all relevant legislation and Home Office guidelines and provide all relevant and applicable information to work seekers, clients and others.

  • When recruiting from outside the UK, Sitec will not use overseas agents who charge for their services, unless that is the legal and normal custom and practice sanctioned by the government of the country of origin. In addition, Sitec will make all reasonable efforts to ascertain such information about any agents used and demonstrate that they have we have done so.

  • Sitec will observe the highest principles of social responsibility, integrity, professionalism, equity and fair practice in their dealings with all overseas work seekers.

Principle 10   -   Respect for confidentiality and privacy

  • Sitec will observe the highest principles of integrity, professionalism, equity and fair practice to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of candidate and client information and will respect the confidentiality of records in accordance with law and good business practice.

  • Sitec and our staff will ensure that permission has been obtained and documented before disclosing, displaying, submitting or seeking confidential or personal information.