1. Respect for Laws
Advantage and their staff must comply with all 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.
2. Respect for Honesty & Transparency
Advantage will act honestly in all dealings with work seekers, clients, internally and others.
In the course of representing a work seeker or client, a member shall not knowingly make a false or inaccurate statement, fail to disclose material fact, or make a representation as to future matters without having reasonable grounds for making it.
Advantage must adhere to principles of truth in advertising and will only advertise positions, through any medium, for which they have documented permission to recruit.
All fees, charges and services provided must be explicitly and fully disclosed to clients prior to the acceptance of an assignment, or prior to any work being undertaken for a client.
Advantage should document all key stages of the recruitment process in line with relevant legislation and good practice guidance.
3. Respect for Work Relationships
Advantage will not undertake actions that may unfairly or unlawfully jeopardise a work seeker’s employment.
Advantage will not undertake actions that may unfairly or unlawfully interfere in work relationships established by others.
Advantage will not attempt unfairly or unlawfully to prevent a work seeker from seeking work from other sources.
Advantage will in their dealings with other REC members and non-members treat them with respect and aim to work in a fair and open environment.
4. Respect for Diversity
Advantage 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. Advantage 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.
Advantage and their staff will treat all work seekers and clients with dignity and respect and aim to provide equity of employment opportunities based on objective business related criteria.
Advantage should establish working practices that safeguard against unlawful or unethical discrimination in the operation of their business.
5. Respect for Safety
Advantage will act diligently in assessing risks to work seekers and clients and will not knowingly put at risk candidates, clients and others.
Advantage will inform work seekers whenever they have reason to believe that an engagement may cause a risk to health and safety.
6. Respect for Professional Knowledge
Advantage will work diligently to develop and maintain a satisfactory level of relevant and current professional knowledge.
Advantage will ensure that their staff are adequately trained and skilled to undertake their responsibilities in recruitment practice.
7. Respect for Certainty of Engagement
Advantage must supply work seekers with full details of the work, conditions of employment, 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.
Advantage will ensure that any variation to the engagement can only occur with prior notification and agreement of the worker.
8. Respect for Prompt and Accurate Payment
Advantage will pay promptly and accurately any wages and benefits due in accordance with any agreed terms and legal requirements.
Advantage 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.
Advantage will not take on assignments that could result in their inability to pay temporary/contract workers.
9. Respect for Ethical International Recruitment
Advantage 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.
Advantage must ensure that in relation to overseas recruitment they abide by all relevant legislation and Home Office guide lines and provide all relevant and applicable information to work seekers, clients and others.
Advantage recruiting from outside the UK must not use overseas agents who charge for their service, unless that is the legal and normal custom and practice sanctioned by the government of the country of origin. In addition, Advantage must make all reasonable efforts to ascertain such information about any agents used and should be able to demonstrate that they have done so.
10. Respect for Confidentiality and Privacy
Advantage must observe the highest principles of integrity, professionalism, equity and fair practice to maintain the confidentiality and privacy of the candidate and client information and should respect the confidentiality of records in accordance with the law and good business practice.
Advantage and their staff must ensure that permission has been obtained and documented before disclosing, displaying, submitting or seeking confidential or personal information.