Recruiters hit by trade group after OFT probe

Grant Prior 12 years ago
Share

Leaders of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation have publicly reprimanded five construction agencies in the wake of a four-year probe by competition watchdogs into anti-competitive practices.

The confederation’s Professional Standards Committee quizzed member firms in detail following the Office of fair Trading Investigation.

The reprimand will remain on the five’s records for two years and is the maximum sanction by the confederation short of expulsion.

The five REC members reprimaned are:

Anders Elite

Eden Brown

Fusion People

Henry Recruitment

Randstad CPE (incorporating the former Hill McGlynn & Associates Limited and Beresford Blake Thomas Limited).

All the firms concerned admitted to the OFT that they breached the Competition Act and accepted that they have broken the REC Code of Professional Practice.

Hays Construction and Property (Hays) which was also found by the OFT to have breached of the Competition Act, and which was also fined by the OFT, has not been reprimanded by the PSC.

This is because Hays was not in REC membership when the offences occurred and so the REC cannot take any action under the REC Complaints and Disciplinary Procedure.

Hays have participated fully in our investigation and have reassured the PSC and the OFT that they have taken all the steps necessary to fully comply with competition law.

The OFT found that all the organisations had taken adequate action to ensure no repeat breaches were likely to happen.

Phil Westwood, Chair of the REC’s PSC, said: “We have looked at these REC members very carefully.  They all accepted that by breaking competition law they also broke the REC’s Code of Professional Practice.

“This was a very serious breach and the PSC’s role is to ensure ongoing compliance on behalf of the membership. We decided to issue this public reprimand which will remain on the businesses’ records for two years. Any offence by any of these members in relation to the REC’s Code of Professional Practice during this period would be treated very seriously.

“However the wider lesson for the industry is to recognise the importance of ensuring all staff are trained to avoid anti-competitive behaviour, and that compliance with competition law is built into induction, training and company policies so that this will never happen again.”

Kevin Green, the REC’s Chief Executive said: “This has been bad news for our industry and our reputation has been damaged.”

Latest news

Administrator details confirmed at Southampton M&E firm

Begbies Traynor now in charge at Working Environments as suppliers face large losses
5 hours ago

Applicant numbers nosedive for construction vacancies

Recruitment market gets even more competitive - how the Enquirer can help
9 hours ago

Housing association shuts in-house modular factories

Swan closes loss-making steel frame and cross-laminate timber factories
11 hours ago

350-homes approved around iconic London Tube station

Housing blocks to be built around Grade II-listed Hounslow West Tube station
11 hours ago

Domis set for £195m Boddingtons Brewery scheme

Developer Salboy buys Manchester site to kickstart long-awaited 556 homes project
13 hours ago

John Lewis £500m funding deal to build 1,000 rental homes

Deal to advance BTR flats at store sites in Bromley, West Ealing and Reading
1 day ago

Esh launches new housing retrofit division

Esh Retrofit Solutions will target market to improve the energy performance of social rented homes
13 hours ago

Eric Wright wins tricky £52m Liverpool transformation

Contractor working with engineers at Ridge and Partners on "challenging" Stanley Lock Flight site
3 days ago

Investment giant buys Bristol M&E contractor

RDCP Infrastructure acquires Avon Combined Electrical Services
3 days ago

Demolition start for £50m Farnworth town centre rebuild

Caddick Construction is tipped for main works due to start in the spring
4 days ago

L&G Modular strikes deal to build 1,000 affordable homes

Modular homes business teams up with Hampshire's Vivid housing association
4 days ago

Former Erith operations director joins John F Hunt

Scott Exell named new operations director at demolition specialist John F Hunt
4 days ago

Green light for £135m Leeds twin tower resi scheme

Construction to start in New Year on 500 build-to-rent apartments
4 days ago

Mace hits 1m tonnes carbon saving target for clients

Present work pipeline betters 2026 carbon emission saving target
4 days ago

Plans in for £40m surf park at former Kent colliery

Seahive surf lagoon and health resort will be built near Deal
5 days ago

Crushed demolition worker vows to return to industry

Shannon Brasier hoping to return to construction following horror accident
4 days ago

Mount Anvil to start 900-home North London estate rebuild

Planning approval paves way for Barnsbury Estate rebuild in Islington
4 days ago

Green light for major laboratory campus in Cambridge

Developer BioMed to tender first building on 600,000 sq ft lab complex in the New Year
5 days ago

Belfast firm signs the biggest work deal yet under Project Gigabit

Fibrus to hook-up rural Cumbria to lightning-fast broadband under £108m deal
4 days ago

McLaren wins Leeds logistics park contract

Work to start imminently on warehouse complex for Firethorn Trust
5 days ago

Work restarts on £683m waste power plant after site death

Construction suspended for a week of investigations following fatality
5 days ago

Demolition starts on £135m Wigan Galleries scheme

Contractor BCEGI starts work on project to redevelop Wigan town centre
6 days ago

Amey CEO to step down following private equity buyout

Amanda Fisher to leave once business is transferred to new owners
5 days ago

New body set up to vet plant operator card schemes

Contractor trades bodies unite to tackle competency concerns over plant operator skills cards
5 days ago

Kier leads switch to hybrid battery generators

Battery units work alongside smaller generators cutting run times by nearly 60%
5 days ago

Plans in for first Leeds co-living scheme

Watkin Jones submits plan to convert old Direct Line HQ into 230 studio flats
6 days ago

Demolition worker crushed by excavator

Court hears 20-year-old woman was left with "life changing injuries"
6 days ago

Government pays £700m for 50% stake in Sizewell C

New body, Great British Nuclear, will be set up to develop pipeline of nuclear projects
6 days ago

Costain wins Heathrow Airport asset renewal deal

Firm takes early contractor involvement role in Terminal 2 baggage handling upgrade
6 days ago

Worker killed on £683m waste power plant site

Fatal collision involving heavy goods vehicle on giant north London site
7 days ago

Contractor services