In the UK, the cost of compliance for non-permanent staff is the responsibility of the employer or, more commonly, the supplying recruitment agency. This costs the NHS in excess of 250 million a year representing over 10 per cent of the overall cost of the annual agency spend across the health service.
The cost of compliance currently falls firmly on the shoulders of NHS Trusts. This expense swells further due to the transient nature of non-permanent staff.
As it stands, compliance is only valid for that individual employer or recruitment agency, regardless of the length of the temporary employment contract. If that worker moves to another employer or agency, then that compliance process will have to be repeated from the beginning.
With the annual agency spend topping 2.5 billion alone, and with the latest industry figures showing that many Trusts will be in financial difficulties, the need to implement clear, transparent and more streamlined processes, is absolutely essential.