The government has announced their intentions of introducing new legislation that would ban recruitment agencies from advertising UK jobs exclusively to EEA countries. The proposal to prohibit the advertising of UK jobs solely overseas is aimed at giving British workers of having a chance to apply for jobs and to be considered for these positions.

The proposal by the  Government is to introduce new legislation that will ban recruitment agencies from advertising UK jobs abroad without simultaneously advertising in the United Kingdom.

Still at the consultation stage, more information about the proposed legislation to ban overseas only recruitment can be found here.

Should the amendment to the regulations go ahead, all vacancies based in Britain will need to be advertised to British workers in the UK prior to or at the same time as the vacancy is advertised abroad.

“Some recruitment agencies have even been recruiting directly from elsewhere in the EU without British workers ever getting a chance to apply for the jobs. So we are banning overseas-only recruitment – legally requiring these agencies to advertise in English in the UK”.  Extract from David Cameron, Prime Minister, from a column written in the Daily Telegraph this week.

The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC), the industry body for the recruitment industry, refuted claims that this practice was commonplace, stating: “Any discriminatory practice in this area must be stopped and we will work with BIS on this consultation and with all government departments and political parties to uncover and address any evidence of such behaviour. Recruiters’ focus is helping people find rewarding jobs. Recruitment agencies have tens of thousands of people walking through their doors looking for work every day and last year helped over 600,000 people in Britain find a new permanent job.”

The proposed legislation to ban overseas only recruitment is widely welcomed by industry professionals, regarded as beneficial to both the permanent and temporary job market in the UK.