Employing People Campaign to help businesses save millions in admin costs
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Issued 13 August 2008
Department for Business launches 'Employing People Campaign' to help
businesses save millions in admin costs
A NEW campaign to help businesses save time and money on employment costs was
launched today by the Department for Business.
The 'Employing People' campaign is part of the department's Employment Law
Guidance Programme and follows recent research which showed that businesses were
spending unnecessary time and money complying with employment law.
The campaign aims to promote savings by directing businesses to Business
Link's online tools, calculators and interactive guides, to help them understand
their legal obligations and reduce unnecessary duplication of materials and
Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said: "Complying with legislation
can be complex at times but employment law is often easier than business owners
think. Instead of spending money on buying in professional advice on employment
law, employers can get access to a range of easy-to-use, fully compliant
documents that take only a few minutes to complete. In challenging economic
times, it is all the more important that employers make full use of these free
"For example, producing written statements of employment is a significant
burden for employers in both time and money, and many businesses are paying
external advisers to draw these up for them. In the last year, however, over
40,000 firms have benefited from switching to the written statement tool we have
provided - each of them saving around £120 every time that they do so."
The Department for Business is committed to reducing employment law admin
burdens on businesses by £365m per annum by May 2010. By engaging with key
business stakeholders such as the Confederation of British Industry (CBI),
British Retail Consortium (BRC) and British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), the
campaign will reach out to businesses of all sizes, across a variety of sectors,
offering simple, practical advice and guidance on the full range of employment
issues, from drafting documents to simplifying record-keeping.
As part of this outreach, the department recently provided over 300
stakeholder organisations with a toolkit to help their members demystify some of
the practices around employment law.
Katja Hall, the CBI's Director of Employment policy, said: "This is a welcome
campaign, offering businesses helpful advice about how they can cut down on
admin associated with employing people. Small firms in particular will
appreciate the government's support and guidance being in one place, with the
free tools a cost effective way to reduce time spent calculating things like
Stephen Robertson, Director-General of the BRC, said, "In tougher economic
times, employers can't afford to throw away money by getting caught up doing
unnecessary paperwork. So we welcome the Government's moves to help employers to
save money and time on their employment law obligations. That's why we are
playing a key role in helping design and develop the tools and guidance on the
businesslink.gov website to make sure that it offers just what businesses need."
Kieran O'Keeffe, Senior Policy Adviser at the BCC said, "Our members -
particularly if they are smaller firms- always struggle with employment law.
Anything that the Government can do to promote simple guidance that cuts out
unnecessary expense and paperwork is most welcome. The 'Employing People'
campaign was promoted at our national conference this year and we will be
helping to roll out a series of regional seminars over the coming months."
For more information on the Employing People Campaign and the tools it
1. Additional Quotes from Members of Stakeholder Group
Sarah Veale, Head, Equality and Employment Rights Department said "Both
employers and employees benefit from accurate, free guidance on employment law.
The TUC is working with BERR to improve the material on the Directgov and
businesslink.gov websites, so that employers are aware of their legal
obligations to staff. And if there are ways that businesses can save money, but
still give employees what they need, then that clearly has to be a good thing".
Alan Tyrell QC, Chair of the Employment Law Policy Committee said "Saving
small business owners time and money through reducing administrative burden is
always warmly welcomed by the FSB. Small businesses owners spend an average of 7
hours a week just filling in forms and expecting independent retailers to
understand the complicated ins and outs of employment law is unfair. BERR's
simplistic approach to demystify employment law is a promising guide for what
can be an cumbersome process."
Mike Emmott, Adviser, Employee Relations said "Employers are looking for
clear, easily accessible advice and guidance on employment law and practice. We
welcome the opportunity to work with BERR to develop guidance and online tools
that are easy to find and use."
2. The Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform helps UK
business succeed in an increasingly competitive world. It promotes business
growth and a strong enterprise economy, leads the better regulation agenda and
champions free and fair markets. It is the shareholder in a number of
Government-owned assets and it works to secure, clean and competitively priced
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