Mon, 24 Nov 2014


Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband has vowed to clamp down on rogue agencies that undercut wages, drive down standards and increase insecurity in the workplace. 

In a Facebook post Miliband said the UK economy could either be built with skilled, well-paid jobs like those at Crossrail or with “cowboy recruitment agencies” operating in the “shadows” of the economy, exploiting workers, undercutting wages and undermining conditions. 

He said: “There has been a huge increase in temporary work in recent years and most employment agencies play their part in supporting businesses as well as workers who want flexibility. 

“But there is now overwhelming evidence that some are driving down standards, increasing insecurity, and undermining the basic fabric of British life that hard work should be properly paid.

“Even the industry itself is expressing concern that rogue agencies are breaking the law on the minimum wage, failing to pay their taxes, and exploiting workers to undercut the wages of permanent staff.” 

Adam Knight, a recruitment consultant from recruiter TXMRecruit, which specialises automotive, built environment, defence, engineering, manufacturing and rail jobs, told Recruiter Miliband’s comments were tarring every recruitment agency with the same brush. 

Knight said Miliband’s “slanderous” comments could affect reputable and hard- working agencies. “People think we’re all in it for a quick buck but we get just as much satisfaction from placing a decent guy who has been dealt a bad hand. It is not just about making money.” 

He added: “It isn’t great that someone who could potentially be the leader of the country making poor comments about our industry.” 

Miliband also said Britain needed another 400,000 engineers by 2020. Knight pointed out that recruitment agencies would be needed to make this happen. He said: “One of our biggest strengths is our apprenticeship scheme. We put a massive emphasis to our clients and during our work with our clients to make sure they have always got one eye on the future.” 

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“As the individual value of car schemes continues to rise, Western European companies are moving away from car-only schemes to choice policies with a cash alternative – in line with the greater flexibility that employees are demanding in all areas of compensation,” adds Davis. 

“In the broader context of external pressures continuing to suppress salary and bonus levels, company car schemes and car allowances are an opportunity to reward staff more competitively.”