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Responding to the Dispatches programme aired last night which reported on the unethical practices of one umbrella company, Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant group comments:

“The reputation of all umbrella companies should not, in my opinion, be tarnished by those minorities that are willing to use loopholes to their benefit. It’s important to remember that while there are some cases of poor practice in the UK, there are also an extensive number of compliant umbrella businesses as well.”

“It is clear that economic growth depends on the continued flexibility of the UK labour market, and it is also clear that umbrella employment supports this flexible workforce. Unethical practices such as those identified in the Channel 4 programme should certainly be stopped and we welcome the work of professional bodies such as the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA) in addressing these issues. As a member of the FCSA, giant abides by a rigorous code of conduct that does not tolerate such immoral activity. While the crackdown on such attitudes continues, contractors, recruiters and businesses should remain highly vigilant as to any such behaviour and ensure they are working only with an umbrella business that is committed to remaining compliant.”

Vickie Collinge
BlueSky PR
T: 01582 790705

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