Legislation update

New and changing employment legislation can prove to be a complication for any business, regardless of size. As recruitment experts, we can advise and update you on the current legislation, allowing you to focus on your core business.

One of the most significant pieces of legislation to affect the recruitment industry in recent years is The Agency Workers Regulations, which came into force on the 1st of October 2011. The Agency Workers Regulations originate from the Agency Workers Directive. The aim of the legislation is for agency workers to be provided with equal treatment in the workplace. Click here for more details or speak to your Select consultant.

The Working Time Regulations Act 1998 is designed with health and safety in mind and more details can be found here.


National Minimum Wage

As of the 1st October 2013 the National Minimum Wage rates are;

Workers aged 21 and over - £6.31 per hour

Workers aged 18-20 - £5.03 per hour 

Workers aged 16-17 - £3.72 per hour

Apprentice - £2.68 per hour


General Employment Update 

  • The qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims has recently increased to 2 years. The increased qualifying period shall only apply to employees who commenced employment on or after 6th April 2012.  Existing employees who commenced employment prior to this date will continue to be subject to the one year qualifying period.
  • The cap on a week's pay for calculating statutory redundancy or the basic weekly award for unfair dismissal claims is now £450
  • The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal is now £74,200
  • The standard rate of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay is now £136.78
  • Statutory Sick Pay is now £86.70 per week


Pensions Update

The new pension legislation relating to auto-enrolment has recently come into force. The legislation applies to all employers and requires them to automatically enrol all "workers" into a pension plan.  This will also include temporary workers that are supplied to our employers.

The legislation came into force in October 2012 and will be phased in from this date up until February 2018.  The phasing process has been designed to allow smaller companies a longer time frame within which to make the necessary arrangements.



“Select were pro-active in finding me temporary work and, as a result of one of their short-term assignments, I was called back by the same company for five weeks and then offered a six-month contract by that company. I was looked after very well by Select, administratively and in finding me work, and I am most grateful for their efforts on my behalf.”
Sheila Currie,
Job Seeker


“I just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks to you and your team ……I absolutely love my job and have now been made a permanent member of staff because it was such a great match to my skills. I am so glad that I came into your agency…”
Pauline O'Sullivan,
Job Seeker

Latest News

How to hire the best candidates...every time.

Read our top tips to making sure that you get the right person for the role.

REC: UK employers face growing candidate shortages in 2017

Survey finds that nearly half of UK employers expect to face a shortage of suitable candidates…

ONS: Unemployment remains at 4.8%

ONS report shows little change in the UK Labour market between August and October 2016.

The Labour Market Statistics have been released for February 2016 by the ONS

The Labour Market Statistics have been released for February 2016 by the ONS, which reveals the…