Regulating Recruitment

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The government is consulting until 11 April 2013 on a change to how employment agencies and employment businesses are regulated. The aim is to simplify the current regulations while still maintaining safeguards for work-seekers and hirers. The government proposes to retain, for example, the restriction on charging up-front fees to work-seekers and on charging unreasonable transfer fees to hirers. However, it considers that the recruitment sector should have greater freedom to self-regulate its conduct than under the current regime.