Corby employment agencies blitz uncovers underpayments of £100,000

Corby front page - employment agencies

When I was elected I promised action on Employment Agencies.

After our local summit and pressure on the government, including the delegation that Cllr Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council, took to the Department for Business to see the Minister and officials, we have had a breakthrough.

The government authorised a task force from the Employment Agencies Standards team and from HMRC – team of 12 – to spend this week in Corby visiting and investigating all local agencies. This afternoon they came to my constituency office to report the results.

They found multiple breaches of the law on agencies and on the national minimum wage, with unfair deductions of pay for things like transport to work and for personal protective equipment. The next phase is enforcement warnings being issued to the agencies, and then return visits from the taskforce to check compliance.

It must be stated that not all agencies operating in Corby were found to be breaking the law. There are also some excellent local agencies who are helping people find work.

There will be prosecutions if needed. At the same time we are also taking forward our local code of practice. Be warned Agencies, we will not let you get away with ripping off workers in Corby and East Northamptonshire.

If you have experiences of working with Agencies that you want to tell me about, please get in touch.

The Corby Telegraph has a write up of the inspection.


2 Comments on “Corby employment agencies blitz uncovers underpayments of £100,000”

  1. […] May 2013, a 12-person taskforce from HMRC and Employment Agency Standards carried out an inspection of 34 employ…. They found over 70 breaches of the law including many cases of unfair deductions and other issues […]

  2. […] However, there are employment agencies operating in Corby who are exploiting workers and adding significantly to a climate of job insecurity and a ‘race to the bottom’ with regard to pay and conditions. In May of this year, I convinced HMRC and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate to carry out a three-day operation, visiting 34 local employment agencies. They uncovered £100,000 owed to 3,000 employees in the area. […]

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