DTI time warp will only undo the web’s recruitment gains

first_imgApparently it is still 1973 at the DTI. That year’s Employment Agencies Act defines an agency as “providingservices, (whether by the provision of information or otherwise) for thepurpose of finding workers employment with employers”. For five years, the DTI has been drafting revised regulations, but it hasstuck with this definition. However, recruitment has evolved. Internet job boards now link candidatesand employers at a speed and cost which were unthinkable 30 years ago. The DTIhas chosen not to move on. If the DTI has its way, a job board carrying an consultancy’s ad will haveto vet the agency, identify the employer (and its nature of business), thesalary and the start date, confirm the candidate’s identity, nanny the employerand the candidate regarding any legal and professional requirements which applyto the post, obtain copies of relevant qualifications … the list goes on. Employers do not expect – nor want – job boards to provide these services.They want a fast and cheap method of attracting candidates. If they wantscreening and vetting, they will either do it or commission it. If theseregulations go ahead, the job boards will not disappear. The Act applies onlyto companies operating from premises in the UK, so the UK’s job boards willfollow Britain’s call centres to sunnier climes and it will be adios to one ofBritain’s few genuinely burgeoning e-commerce sectors. We applaud the DTI for wanting to protect job-seekers and employers fromunscrupulous agencies. But this is not 1973, and times have changed. Theconsultation period for this lunacy ends at the end of this month, so pleasee-mail Vic Patterson at the DTI while there’s still time to bring about change.Voice your objections to Vic Patterson, assistant director in the DTI’semployment relations directorate, at [email protected],and Stephen Timms, minister of state for e-commerce and competitiveness, at [email protected] Andrew Rogers Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. DTI time warp will only undo the web’s recruitment gainsOn 15 Oct 2002 in Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Personnel Todaylast_img read more