The British Cleaning Council is to be consulted on national strategy for labour market enforcement for 2020/21. Matthew Taylor (pictured), who was responsible for the independent Taylor Review of modern working practices, was appointed interim director of Labour Market Enforcement in August 2019. The role includes setting priorities for the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority and the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate, along with minimum wage enforcement.
Taylor has written to stakeholders, including the BCC, to share with them his outline workplan for addressing emerging issues in the labour market next year. The BCC aims to take part in round table discussions with Matthew Taylor or to submit written evidence to him in November and December this year.
Chairman of the BCC, Paul Thrupp, said: “We are looking forward to sharing our expert knowledge of working conditions and practices in the cleaning sector with Mr Taylor. Legal requirements around part-time and flexible working, pay and conditions are very important to the cleaning sector which, in turn, is hugely important to the UK economy as it is worth nearly £50 billion and employs over 914,000 workers. The BCC’s role is to represent the voice of the cleaning sector, so it essential that we play our part in shaping the upcoming labour market enforcement strategy which could impact on businesses in our sector.”
The last Labour Market Enforcement Strategy, for 2019-2020, covered three main themes:
Prioritisation of enforcement resources.
Helping employers get it right.
Using joint working to tackle serious and persistent non-compliance.
The strategy identified that the most significant risk of workers being exploited was the car washing, agricultural and care sectors, where there is a larger risk of modern slavery and the facilitation of tax evasion.
The Government recently announced a consultation on a new single labour enforcement body for employment rights, to improve standards and compliance within the labour market.