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Nine Pieces of Essential Legislation for Professional Recruiters


Simplyco takes compliance very seriously and because we know the recruitment industry inside out we have a better understanding than most of what it takes to protect your business, your clients and your candidates from the very real risks that agencies run when they choose to work with the wrong umbrella company.

Here’s nine pieces of legislation that we think every recruiter should be aware of. We hope this will act as a refresher to experienced recruiters and as a useful reference guide for new recruiters.

Nine Pieces of Legislation

1. Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003

Providing workers and hirers with minimum standards they can expect from employment agencies and employment businesses. Read More…

2. Agency Worker Regulations

Ensures that agency workers are given the same rights and pay as their directly employed, permanent counterpart (called a comparator). Read More…

3. Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act

Prevention of illegal working in the UK. Read More…

4. Working Time Regulations

The working time regulations govern the hours most workers can work and sets limits on an average working week. Read More…

5. Intermediaries Legislation (IR35)

Designed to tax “disguised employment” at a rate similar to employment. Read More…

6. National Minimum Wage Act

Most workers will be entitled to the National Minimum Wage (NMW). Normally the NMW rate changes in October each year. Read More…


7. Equality Act

The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act. Read More…

8. Onshore Intermediaries Legislation

This piece of legislation is subtitled ‘targeting false self-employment’ and outlines the criteria for self-employment. Control, direction and supervision are the key deciders. Read More…

9. Offshore Intermediaries Legislation

With this piece of legislation HMRC are attempting to ensure that employer’s NI is paid in full for all workers in the UK. Read More…

Work with Simplyco Umbrella and you can take advantage of unrivalled knowledge and experience of the recruitment industry. Combine this with peace of mind that you are working with a long established business that puts compliance and customer care right at the top of their agenda and you’ve found the perfect match for your business.

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