REC end investigation of Watchdog exposé recruiter

The investigation in to alleged malpractice by a London recruitment agency has been called off after the firm ceased trading.

The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) was looking in to the practices of Age Enterprise (trading as Connect London) following an expose by the BBC’s Watchdog programme.

The show included footage of staff at Connect London telling candidates they could only be provided with recruitment services if they paid for training courses also supplied by their business.

The REC also reported Connect London to the Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate within the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, who have the power to prosecute if they find that an agency has broken the law.

REC chief executive Kevin Green said: “The Watchdog footage appeared to show activity which is in breach of the Conduct Regulations and in stark contrast to the high standards expected of REC members. We take complaints of this kind extremely seriously and we are committed to shining a light on the small minority of individuals and businesses who bring our industry into disrepute.

“Following Connect London’s indication to us that they have closed down, we notified their directors that they are no longer a member of the REC. This brings our investigation to an end.”

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Comments (1)

  • jim mcdonald
    jim mcdonald
    Sun, 28 Jun 2015 5:12pm BST
    so the REC try to show they are not a toothless organisation when there is tv coverage of all the appalling practices that are used on a daily basis by agencies and umbrella companies . It may have ceased trading but will start up under another name in a fortnight

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