The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) has launched a new Flexible Work Commission which is designed to raise the profile of what it refers to as ‘skilled flexible workers’ within the halls of Government. The purpose of the Commission – which is going to be chaired by David Frost CBE, the former Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce – is to provide the Government with ‘practical proposals on re-energising the market in flexible labour’. It will also investigate how employers are already using flexible working arrangements within their businesses, and how this flexible working can increase productivity for the company, as well as improving career prospects and enhancing skills development for individuals.
One of the key aims of the commission is to promote the use of skilled experts such as contractors, which will help employers to access the skills they require. David Frost explained further, “Our flexible labour market is seen as one of the UK’s major competitive advantages. Quantifying the benefits to business and workers and identifying ways of enhancing this flexibility are the core aims of the Commission. This initiative will not only drive forward the political debate, but will also develop practical solutions for employers on maximising the benefits of flexible working arrangements.”
The REC’s Chief Executive Kevin Green added “In the current economic climate, companies need to consider how best to organise their workforce in order to compete and bring the right skills into the business. The flexible staffing solutions developed by employers and recruiters will help UK businesses respond quickly to new opportunities. The Commission will take stock of the latest trends and innovations and will lead the debate on how Government can best ensure that, post-AWR, the UK continues to benefits from a dynamic and flexible labour market.”