23 November 2011
Employment law changes 'have boosted flexible working'
Flexible working has become increasingly popular following recent changes to the UK's employment law system.
That is according to Tim Watts, chairman of recruitment company Pertemps, who believes the implementation of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) has markedly improved conditions for flexible employees.
As of last month (October 1st), companies are now legally required to provide the same contractual conditions and benefits to temporary workers as their permanent staff members once the former have been with their firm for a period of 12 weeks.
And Mr Watts told the BBC On The Money podcast this has helped rejuvenate certain parts of the employment sector, while the flexible market is "absolutely booming".
He explained that the AWR mean that both professionals and companies are aware temporary workers are now "exactly the same as permanent employees".
This, the expert added, has led to firms and jobseekers altering their approaches to recruitment as flexible working grows in popularity.
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Posted by Francesca Witney