REC and ISE launch election manifestos to support careers and recruitment

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation has called on the next government to develop a new approach to work to boost the economy and support workers in its new election manifesto.

The ‘Making Great Work Happen’ manifesto calls on candidates and party HQs to back key policy recommendations, including:

  • Accepting that people work in a range of different, more flexible ways because it works for them, and designing policy that reflects this new normal. A priority would be to ensure the Apprenticeship Levy works for flexible workers too.
  • Acknowledging that people need to be at the heart of the industrial strategy, with a new focus on staff engagement and to promote productivity growth, opportunity and inclusion. The REC wants to work with government on a new ‘Good Recruitment Taskforce’ to help drive good recruitment.
  • Ensuring regulation is fit for purpose, by delaying IR35 changes until it’s clear that compliant firms won’t lose out, with effective regulation of umbrella companies a necessity.
  • Building an immigration policy that works for our economy and public services by addressing skills and labour shortages. A temporary visa designed to address key shortages at all pay levels is essential, as well as a clear and well-run work permits system.
  • Engaging with business on making sure the UK is ready for the work of the future, and that public policy can keep step.

The Institute of Student Employers (ISE) has also launched its election manifesto.

Key policies ISE has called for the next government to implement include:

  • Placing greater emphasis on employer and university collaboration in higher education
  • Maintaining and streamlining the apprenticeship system in consultation with employers
  • Facilitating better employment outcomes for disadvantaged students
  • Renewing the Careers Strategy and extending careers hubs across the country
  • Investing in vocational education and engaging employers in its design and implementation
  • Designing migration policies that enable businesses to access high quality global talent.

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