A well-functioning labour market requires employment rights to be protected through effective enforcement

The UK’s flexible labour market and its strong framework of employment rights go hand in hand. Effective enforcement mechanisms underpin a well-functioning labour market by upholding employment rights and protecting compliant businesses from operating on an uneven playing field. The CBI supports the creation of a Director to provide overall strategic direction for labour market enforcement and promote joint working between agencies. The CBI welcomes Sir David Metcalf’s introductory report and is pleased to respond to his consultation on setting the UK’s strategy to tackle labour exploitation. The CBI’s response sets out the view that effective enforcement is fundamental to meaningfully protecting employment rights in a well-functioning labour market and is improved by using intelligence to assess risk and target proactive investigations on employers most at risk of non-compliance.