AWR – Are We Ready?

In preparation for the upcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), Grovelands has been working tirelessly to ensure we are ready.

In preparation for the upcoming Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), the recruitment industry has been working tirelessly to ensure they are ready for the 1st October deadline. It is difficult to ignore the big headlines, the many guides, articles and conferences on the subject all with the intention of shedding light on what promises to be the most important change in the history of recruitment.

Although the fundamental aim of the AWR is to protect vulnerable workers, the regulations affect a wider range of workers on temporary contracts. All industries are impacted by these regulations, though some will feel the blow more strongly than others. Here at Grovelands we have placed particular focus on establishing who these regulations apply to in the specialist areas we operate in, and what we need to put in place in order to ensure we are fully compliant. Fortunately, the contracting industry in the Financial Services sector will be one of the least affected areas and will not experience significant change as a result of this new legislation.

Nonetheless, we intend to comply fully. We believe the best approach is compliance and that is the route we have chosen. Although AWR won’t apply to all contractors, we will be working closely with our clients, umbrella companies and Associates to ensure that the right people receive the appropriate entitlements.

In line with this approach, we have adopted the match pay model. This means that our Associates are entitled to equal pay in relation to their permanent counterparts after a 12-week qualifying period in the same role with the same client. The vast majority of our Associates already meet this criterion and are paid at least the same as a comparable permanent employee.

The regulations also relate to other aspects of employment, including day 1 rights and annual leave. We strongly recommend for all those involved to carry out their own research on the subject as, in the eyes of the HMRC, the responsibility is shared between all parties involved. Agencies, clients, umbrella companies and Associates must work together to facilitate the implementation of the regulations.

We are committed to a smooth transition into this new era and to supporting our Associates, clients and umbrella companies in complying with the much deliberated Agency Workers Regulations.

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