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January 21 2015

Pre-screening Time of Contractors Trebles

"The average time taken by recruitment agencies to conduct pre-employment screenings of freelance workers and contractors has recently trebled, according to the chief executive of the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self Employed (IPSE). Chris Bryce said his organisation was ""seeing an increasing trend"" for more complicated screening measures. Such screening ""used to take a week - now it takes three weeks"", Bryce said. Bryce said he did not believe that the increased complexity of the screenings was emerging from employers ' requests. Instead, he believes that recruitment agencies are putting forward offers of more intensive screening as part of competitive bids ""to get a client 's business""."