Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 12th January 2016.

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Photo of Tulip Siddiq Tulip Siddiq Labour, Hampstead and Kilburn

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, how many inspections were carried out by the Employment Agency Standards (EAS) inspectorate into possible breaches of employment agency regulations in each of the last five years; how many breaches of regulations were identified in those inspections; how many people the EAS barred from operating employment agencies following those inspections; and how many of each of those cases related to employment agencies for supply teachers.

Photo of Nicholas Boles Nicholas Boles The Minister for Universities and Science, Minister of State (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) (Jointly with the Department for Education)

The table below sets out the total number of cases completed by the EAS in the last five years. These figures relate to both complaints and inspections as we do not differentiate between cases which arise as a result of a complaint or an inspection.

Year

Total number of cases (both complaints and inspections)

2010/11

1,201

2011/12

1,050

2012/13

1,057

2013/14

760

2014/15

626

The table below sets out the total number of breaches of regulations identified by EAS in the past five years, both as a result of complaints and inspections.

Year

Total number of breaches (found as a result of complaints or inspections)

2010/11

2,065

2011/12

2,146

2012/13

1,479

2013/14

320

2014/15

186

The Employment Agencies Act 1973, as amended in 1994, makes provision for the Secretary of State, on application to an Employment Tribunal, to be able to seek to prohibit persons from carrying on, or being concerned with carrying on of any employment agency or employment business. The current list of prohibited persons can be found on www.gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/403653/employment-agency-standards-inspectorate_prohibited_people_list__4_.pdf

The table below sets out the number of people the EAS prohibited following inspections in the past five years:

Year

Total number of prohibitions

2010/11

8

2011/12

0

2012/13

2

2013/14

0

2014/15

1

One of the prohibitions above relates to a person who operated a supply teachers agency.

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