Protecting the UK Staffing Industry During Coronavirus

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The professional recruitment sector has been badly impacted by Covid-19, and APSCo has engaged closely with the government to raise awareness of the challenges our members – and indeed the wider recruitment sector – face.

This has included an open letter to the prime minister that highlighted the vital importance of the professional recruitment sector to the UK economy, and the need for UK businesses to have recruiters ready to get people into work on the other side of the current outbreak.

The letter was prompted by a survey we undertook to understand the situation on the ground in order to help us feed into policy decisions with the best data possible. The first of our surveys on the 23rd March showed the following situation within the sector:

  • Two thirds (67%) of recruitment firms said permanent hiring within their sector was on hold
  • Almost 90% of recruitment firms said that up to 50% of their contractors had already been terminated
  • Three quarters (76%) expected up to 50% to be terminated by 29th March
  • 83% of recruitment firms were considering redundancy for their own staff
  • Three quarters (76%) said that help with salaries was the most important measure that the Government could implement

In the letter, we called for more clarification around the initial proposed measures and encouraged the government to look at additional support such as an Employers’ NICs holiday or VAT relief. We also suggested looking at what the German government had done in terms of help with the payment of salaries – and asked the government for clarification on how it will support self-employed professionals.Read more here…

Source: The Staffing Stream