In a move to drive up standards in the supply of non-permanent staff, the Freelancer & Contractor Services Association (FCSA), has unveiled a new initiative – the FCSA Supply Chain Partner Charter.
In recent months there have been numerous media exposés of contingent workers being exploited by well-known businesses, who in turn suffer reputational damage. Not only are the poor practices unacceptable, but the hiring business might be unaware that they are even taking place. For this reason, FCSA has unveiled a new initiative that will help end-hirers to mitigate the risk associated with the use of flexible workers.
The FCSA Supply Chain Partner initiative is a distinctive quality mark for recruitment agencies to demonstrate to businesses that they are committed to professional and ethical recruitment practices.
Non-compliance within the supply chain, knowingly or unwittingly, can have devastating consequences on businesses that use non-permanent workers, so this new initiative is designed to give you peace of mind that your risk is minimised.
The Supply Chain Partner status demonstrates to you, the hiring business, that the management of your contingent workforce is in the hands of trusted experts, recruitment businesses that will ensure your risk is minimised. This is particularly important in the wake of ever-increasing legislation, such as the off-payroll reforms due to come in 2020 and resulting in extra scrutiny of the sector.
Principles within the FCSA Supply Chain Partner Charter include:
- Safeguarding the supply chain and minimising risk;
- Complying with all relevant legislation;
- Treating workers with fairness and transparency, and;
- Being ethical in dealing with all parties.
All of these are hallmarks of a professional recruitment business, and the initiative demonstrates good recruitment practice to end-hirers.
Charlie Cox, Commercial Manager at the global staffing agency, SThree plc said: “FCSA has an excellent reputation and is well-known and respected for establishing benchmarks and setting best practice standards throughout our industry. Our Approved Supplier List is made up of 5 carefully selected partners, all of whom are accredited by FCSA which gives us confidence that they are genuinely operating compliantly.”
Commenting on the initiative, Julia Kermode, chief executive of FCSA said: “The demand for contingent labour has grown and along with it we have seen a variety of service providers and payment intermediaries springing up. Some of these offer illegal or questionable solutions that may remove workers’ rights and put the workers at significant personal financial risk. In a complex market, the need for intermediaries to be independently tested to prove their compliance has never been greater.”
When it comes to ensuring non-permanent workers are protected, our advice for hiring businesses is simple; mitigate the risk of using non-permanent staff by choosing to partner with recruitment agencies who only work with FCSA Accredited Members – FCSA Supply Chain Partners. Many agencies choose FCSA and they have the option to display the FCSA Supply Chain Partner logo as a distinguishable quality mark to their clients. Our growing list of signatories are published on our website.
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We are keen to engage with HR professionals involved in the recruitment of non-permanent staff to learn more about the compliance challenges you face. We exist to raise standards, promote compliance and therefore minimise risk for businesses using non-permanent workers.