Recruitment Compliance

We'll make the complex clear.

Recruitment is a highly regulated industry, needing to comply with all sorts of legislation on employment law, financial restrictions, tax law and data protection amongst others. So unless you’re a compliance professional, you could probably use some expert advice and guidance.

That’s where Back Office can help. We’ll make sense of the legislation you need to comply with, and make sure your business always stays on the right side of compliance during the recruitment process – whether you specialise in temporary or permanent.

The financial side of compliance


With Back Office handling the financial admin of your recruitment business, you can be sure of compliance with all the financial and tax regulations too. We’ll manage the Real Time Information (RTI) as part of your tax admin, for example and also look after quarterly intermediary reporting for Limited contractors as well as supporting you in IR35 compliance.

We’ll also take care of all of your auto enrolment pension arrangements, managing the whole process from setting you up with your chosen provider to overseeing deductions from your temps and making payments.

These are just some of the ways we can help your recruitment agency stay compliant. To discuss your specific requirements, just contact our team today.

What regulations do you need to meet?

Running your own recruitment agency doesn't require you to have any formal qualifications or compliance certificates. You do, however, need to know about the general rules and regulations that apply to any business - such as what information you can give candidates and hirers, anti-discrimination issues and holiday pay.

There are also specific regulations governing the recruitment industry, including:
• The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), covering rights for temporary workers
• The Conduct Regulations outlining the minimum standards by which employment agencies have to work
• The Agency Tax Rules on PAYE income tax and NICs for contract workers
• The Working Time Regulations (WTR) - these concern rest breaks, night shifts and entitlement to annual leave, but don't cover self-employed people and those working through a PSC.
• The National Minimum Wage

As a recruiter, you're also responsible for making sure agency workers have valid right to work documents. Together with any other compliance items they might need for the job they're being hired to do, such as a valid driving licence or DBS check.

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