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British Government Tells Recruitment Agencies to Look Local

The British Government has recently published its response to a consultation onwithout also advertising them in Great Britain and in English.

The present legislation regulating British-based recruitment agencies is silent on where, and in what language, British-based vacancies are advertised, meaning that they may advertise roles in other EEA countries without giving workers in Britain the opportunity to apply. However, a poll of business representatives, recruiters, trade unions, Government bodies and individuals found that a proposed new regulation requiring agencies to ensure that all British roles advertised in the EEA are also advertised in Britain, in English, would help achieve the Government’s aim of creating a level playing field for workers in Britain.


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However, some respondents believed that the proposed regulation was unnecessary in view of the existing protection against discrimination for job applicants under the Equality Act 2010. Furthermore, respondents felt that the proposed regulations could be easily be side-stepped as hirers would not be prevented from recruiting directly from overseas without advertising in Great Britain, engaging an overseas based recruitment agency to do so or carrying out only minimal advertising in Great Britain (e.g., advertising a vacancy on a local shop noticeboard for two hours).

It is envisaged that the final Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2014 will come into force before the end of December 2014. A breach of the restriction on overseas-only advertising may constitute a criminal offence, although certain defences will apply.

Read the Government’s full response to the consultation.

©2020 Greenberg Traurig, LLP. All rights reserved. National Law Review, Volume IV, Number 329
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Rob Collier-Wright, Greenberg Traurig Law Firm, London, Labor and Employment Attorney
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Rob Collier-Wright is an attorney in Greenberg Traurig Maher’s employment group.  He advises clients in relation to all aspects of employment law, including contentious, transactional and day-to-day advisory work.

Rob has conducted complex Employment Tribunal proceedings involving discrimination and whistleblowing claims for multinational clients.  He is also experienced in advising clients in relation to high-value corporate M&A deals including advising on issues involving the UK UPE regulations.

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