Standards in Recruitment: Importance of compliance in sector

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The independent compliance accreditation programme, Standards in Recruitment (SIR), has released a complimentary guide designed to shed light on issues surrounding compliance.

The guide is aimed to help recruitment firms understand six of the most commonly overlooked procedures, as well as informing recruiters exactly how to address each of them.

John Randall, Engagement Director for SIR, explained the importance of the pamphlet, saying: “Being compliant does not need to be complex but sometimes it’s easy to overlook small yet important processes. We are not trying to teach recruitment businesses to ‘suck eggs’ but we understand that when a company is rushing to meet deadlines, sometimes things can get overlooked.

“I believe the six examples we have identified will help recruitment businesses, whatever their size, operate within the relevant regulations.”

The six topics dealt with in the guide are as follows;

  1. Agreeing terms with clients
  2. Conduct Regulations opt outs
  3. Registering with the ICO
  4. Identifying the party you are dealing with
  5. Checking candidates’ right to work
  6. Website compliance

The guide promises to reflect the increasingly compliance-driven world in which recruitment businesses now have to operate, whilst detailing the added benefits of following the tips.

“The guide offers real-life examples that recruitment businesses will recognise,” continued Randall. “Each example outlines a typical scenario and concludes with how they can be addressed. For example, putting contractual terms in place with clients. Without this being done correctly, there is always going to be a risk in a whole range of areas, not least liability.”

This article first appeared in Recruitment Grapevine on 3rd March 2016

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