The REC Code of Professional Practice has been created in consultation with members and industry stakeholders to ensure that all members of the REC conduct their businesses ethically, to the highest standards and promote good practice. It is binding on all corporate members.
|Principle 1 – Respect for Law
Members and their staff must comply with all relevant legislation, statutory and non-statutory requirements and official guidance and any future amendments to such requirements during the course of providing their services to others.
|Principle 2 – Respect for honesty and transparency
a. Members will act honestly in all dealings with work seekers, clients, members, non-members and others.
|Principle 3 – Respect for work relationships
a. Members will not undertake actions that may unfairly or unlawfully jeopardise a work seeker’s employment.
|Principle 4 – Respect for diversity
a. Members should adhere to the spirit of all applicable human rights, employment laws and regulations and will treat work seekers, clients and others without prejudice or unjustified discrimination. Members should not act on an instruction from a client that is discriminatory and should, wherever possible, provide guidance to clients in respect of good diversity practice.
|Principle 5 – Respect for safety
a. Members will act diligently in assessing risks to work seekers and clients and will not knowingly put at risk candidates, clients or others.
|Principle 6 – Respect for professional knowledge
a. Members will work diligently to develop and maintain a satisfactory level of relevant and current professional knowledge.
|Principle 7 – Respect for certainty of engagement
a. Members must supply work seekers with full details of the work, conditions of employment, the nature of the work to be undertaken, rates of pay, method and frequency of payment and pay arrangements in accordance with requirements of current legislation.
b. Members will ensure that any variation to the engagement can only occur with prior notification and agreement of the worker.
|Principle 8 – Respect for prompt and accurate payment
a. Members will pay promptly and accurately any wages and benefits due in accordance with any agreed terms and legal requirements.
b. Members should not penalise temporary/contract workers, for example for having been late or failed to attend part or all of an assignment or for poor performance, by making deductions from pay due for time that they have actually worked.
c. Members will not take on assignments that could result in their inability to pay temporary/contract workers.
|Principle 9 – Respect for ethical international recruitment
a. Members must supply all overseas work seekers with the same level of information as set out and implied in Principle 7. In addition, information provided should include details of the likely cost of living in the area the prospective hirer is situated, the likely length of the job in question and the state of the employment market in the field they are being recruited into. All information must be provided at no cost to the work seeker.
b. Members must ensure that in relation to overseas recruitment, they abide by all relevant legislation and Home Office guidelines and provide all relevant and applicable information to work seekers, clients, and others.
c. Members recruiting from outside the UK must not use overseas agents who charge for their services unless that is the legal and normal custom and practice sanctioned by the government of the country of origin. In addition, members must make all reasonable efforts to ascertain such, information about any agents used and should be able to demonstrate that they have done so.
d. Members should observe the highest principles of social responsibility, integrity, professionalism, equity and fair practice in their dealings with all overseas work seekers.
|Principle 10 – Respect for confidentiality and privacy
a. Members must observe the highest principles of integrity, professionalism, equity and fair practice to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of candidate and client information and should respect the confidentiality of records in accordance with law and good business practice.
b. Members and their staff must ensure that permission has been obtained and documented before disclosing, displaying, submitting or seeking confidential or personal information.