There is no way the security industry can insist on recognition as a profession and continue to look the other way on labour-only agreements.
The SIA’s guidelines within the Approved Contractor Scheme (ACS) excludes any checks on labour only agreements. A large number of security companies have been exploiting this fact to avoid scrutiny on vetting and to avoid tax.
This process transfers financial risks to customers, risk of harm to the general public and exploits those at the sharp end of our industry.
These risks surrounding labour provider abuse are only now being discussed, but we’ve been investigating this for two years and what we’ve found is not pleasant reading.