Employing People Campaign to help East Midlands businesses
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Issued on 13 August 2008
Department for Business launches 'Employing People Campaign' to help 38,334
East Midlands businesses save millions
Businesses in East Midlands are being urged to save time and money on the
cost of employing staff, as part of a campaign being launched today.
The Department for Business' 'Employing People' campaign follows recent
research, which showed that businesses were spending unnecessary time and money
complying with employment law, often outsourcing for expensive advice which they
could be getting for free.
38,334 businesses in the region will be contacted to let them know how to
make savings by using Business Link's online tools, calculators and interactive
guides, to help them understand their legal obligations and reduce unnecessary
duplication of materials and wasted effort.
Employment Relations Minister Pat McFadden said: "Now more than ever, during
tough economic times, every penny counts for businesses. Instead of spending
money on buying in professional advice on employment law, people can access to a
range of quick and easy online documents. Complying with legislation can be
complex at times but employment law is often easier than business owners think."
"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 Government 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), the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the 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
As part of this outreach, the Department for Business recently provided over
300 stakeholder organisations with a toolkit to help their members demystify
some of the practices around employment law.
Paul Jaggard, Director of Nottinghamshire based 'Get Back Supplies' Ltd, the
East Midlands back problem and Work Related Upper Limb Disorder specialist,
says: "I'm always worried I'm doing the wrong thing when it comes to
recruitment. I have previously sought costly specialist external advice as I
didn't feel I had the knowledge or the confidence to do it myself. I'm glad I
have this pack now though to help explain things to me and make me realise that
perhaps it's not such a minefield after all."
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
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