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IMA submits views on recruitment agency reforms
The Interim Management Association (IMA) has submitted its response to the government's consultation on proposed employment agency reforms.
In its submission, the IMA outlines a number of "serious concerns" regarding the plans, with particular emphasis on the potential removal of the 'opt out' clause, the definition of reasonable transfer fees and changes to regulation 6 in the current guidelines.
Currently, the opt out clause allows work-seekers who are incorporated to operate outside the regulations. According to the specialist sector group, both IMA members and interim managers make use of the opt out to signal they are out of scope.
"If the opt out clause is removed without redefining the scope of the legislation, this could be potentially very damaging to the viable business models of interim service providers," said Simon Drake, an executive committee member of the IMA.
He added that both private and public sector organisations have recognised "how vital it is to have the ability to quickly deploy highly-skilled interim managers on short-term contracts to deliver specific results".
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