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New PM – The Global Recruiter

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The Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) has highlighted the top priorities it believes Liz Truss must address as the nation’s new Prime Minister.

According to the trade association for the professional recruitment market, Truss needs to focus on three crucial policy areas to support the UK economy to balance the impact of the pandemic, Brexit and the rollout of Off-Payroll:

• Introduce the Jobs Bill: Alongside Truss’s plans to review wages legislation, the introduction of the Jobs Bill is urgently needed to help align labor market regulations recruitment and umbrella companies on the needs of the 21st century. This includes increased support for the self-employed and independent contractors as well as clear definitions of flexible workforce to avoid disguised remuneration.

• Creating a truly global Britain: As the government negotiates global trade deals, APSCo has recommended that these discussions focus on skills, labor and the mutual recognition of professional services and qualifications as well as only on prices and goods. Simplifying the process by which independent contractors obtain visas is also necessary in a skills-short economy.

• Tackling skills shortages: APSCo research shows that vacancy levels across all sectors are currently above 2019 levels, suggesting jobs remain unfilled. Flexible and pragmatic training accessible to the entire workforce and a reform of the apprenticeship tax are some of the measures identified by the APSCo as necessary. The trade association also called for the development of a national strategy, recognizing urban centers and regions with existing strengths in particular skills and industries.

“The country has seen large-scale change over the past few years as a combination of Brexit, IR35 and the pandemic has changed the world of work as we knew it, the impact of economic uncertainty persistent global and rising inflation adding to this difficult situation. change,” says Tania Bowers, Director of Global Public Policy at APSCo. “The Conservative leadership challenge has only exacerbated these problems and we hope today’s announcement will provide much needed stability.

“With the new Prime Minister now in place, we believe it is crucial that the jobs and skills agenda is put back at the top of the priority list. The UK economy faces a host of struggles ranging from the cost of living crisis to skills shortages and staff strikes in various sectors. Many of these challenges can be mitigated to some degree by a stronger and more vibrant labor market – an ideal that APSCo and its members are well placed to help achieve.

“We have welcomed reports that Ms Truss intends to review the IR35 legislation – a move we believe is necessary in light of the challenges in the temporary staffing market – but this needs to be complemented by more definitive action to create a dynamic and future-proof labor market.

“At APSCo Global, we want to work with policy makers to ensure we have a truly sustainable, global and flexible workforce fit for the future. We are calling on the government to bring forward a Jobs Bill that will better reflect modern post-pandemic work than current legislation, more appropriate high-skilled visas that can keep the UK labor market nimble and aware of job shortages sector-specific workforce. Flexible and pragmatic training initiatives designed to maximize companies’ access to talent across the workforce are also essential. By acting on these policy elements, the UK will continue to be a global leader in new and existing markets.