Ethics - Where we stand
There is hardly an agency around that will not boast of how well it treats its temporary staff. They are, after all, the lifeblood of every agency. Behind the boasts, however, lies the undeniable fact that a substantial majority of agencies exploit their workers in order to maximise profits and reduce prices.
Behind the extravagant claims of the benefits that accrue to temps when they work for an agency there is often a commercial imperative at work which denies temps their basic rights and squeezes every last penny from their wage packet.
Sheltering behind the reality that most temps entering the world of unskilled, temporary work are just keen to find work and are unlikely to be aware of their entitlements, the smoke and mirrors approach that so many companies adopt – encouraged by flabby legislation, ineffective enforcement and the knowledge that most temps do not have the resources to engage in legal challenges – tarnishes the reputation of the recruitment industry and those that work within it. It also exposes end users to reputational risk that can be devastating.
Government and HMRC have been negligent in failing to police the recruitment industry and this has led to ample opportunities for companies who wish to entertain the many tax avoidance options available and the startlingly large number of ways in which workers can be exploited.
At Extraman, we do not follow the herd. Our success derives from scrupulous observance of all entitlements, partly because it is the only way we wish to run our company, and also because we believe that the benefits that our clients derive from a well treated and contented workforce far outweigh the price advantages that can be gained by those that operate on the margins of compliance.
But how do our clients and temporary workers know that we do not follow the crowd? Can we prove our claims? Yes. By being accountable to all the following guarantees, all of which are open to audit by our customers.
All temps are paid under PAYE
All temps are employed directly by Extraman Ltd - we do not allow intermediaries such as umbrella companies or personal service companies
We do not allow self-employment
Holiday pay accrual appears on every payslip
Holiday pay can be carried forward between annual leave years
There are no payroll deductions, other than PAYE, National Insurance, Auto-enrolment pension contributions and other statutory deductions
No charges are made for processing payroll
We do not operate personal accident insurance schemes (invariably exploitative)
None of our directors has any connection with any other company that supplies services to our workforce
We do not operate the Swedish derogation (which is used to deprive workers of their rights under the Agency Workers Regulations)
We believe we are the ONLY agency that can offer every one of these guarantees and we promise to undercut the prices of any other agency that can.
Extraman has campaigned vigorously to expose the exploitation that is rife within the recruitment industry. Our "News" section (05/05/15) contains a television interview with our MD, explaining how various agency scams work and how lawless the recruitment industry has become. More recently, he wrote an article in The Guardian, also available under "News" (08/05/17) on a similar theme, and also discussed at length with Sir David Metcalf, the Director of Labour Market Enforcement, many of the problems that he will be addressing when he makes a raft of recommendations in summer 2018.
The case for using a recruiter whose ethics can be guaranteed has become ever more essential; the reputation and share price of Sports Direct in 2016 have been hammered by revelations about workplace practices. Asos, Boohoo and JD Sports have also been the subjects of adverse media scrutiny. Many more companies who rely heavily on recruitment agencies to supply their workforce are also likely to be exposed where they have chosen agencies which circumvent both the rules and ethical considerations.
Extraman directors are instantly accessible to all customers and all temps. In the extremely unusual instance of a dispute, our response will be instant. We do not hide behind third parties, we do not pass the buck and we do not avoid confronting difficulties. We are accountable for everything we do, and everything we do is 100% compliant and ethical. And, yes, we can prove it.