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New recruitment code of practice

Recruitment consultants will not be able to make approaches to recent placements, offering them alternative work, under a new code of conduct for recruitment consultants operating in the construction sector, issued by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation.

The new rules state that, "Before accepting an assignment, a member must agree any "off limits" rules which will include undertakings by the member that it will not, without the client's prior permission, make any first approach, either a) to any candidates placed by it with that client while those candidates remain employed by that client; or b) to any employee of a client within a minimum of one year of completing an assignment."

Where the client is part of a group of companies the member and the client will also agree the confines of the term "client" and the "off-limits" rules.

Recruitment consultants must also inform jobseekers about any upcoming training opportunities, and must also help them to register for Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) courses free of charge.

Other obligations include working with the client to reduce the environmental impact developments and supporting local regeneration initiatives, whilst minimising their own carbon footprint.

The REC will be responsible for investigating any alleged breaches of the code of practice, and will take action in line with their current disciplinary procedures.

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