Modern Slavery: Is Your Workforce Safe?


Modern Slavery: Is Your Workforce Safe?

Legislation & Regulation

Matthew Dann Director of Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment

Whether you hire directly or through an agency, this blog will be helpful for Managing Directors and Hiring Managers who need more information about how Modern Slavery can be a risk to their business.

Matthew Dann, Director of Thorn Baker Industrial Recruitment

Compliance… A dull subject?

Recent statistics from The Global Slavery Index suggest that there are over 136,000 people living in modern slavery in the UK – and in 2018 there were 2352 cases of labour exploitation. You can read the rest of the report from The Global Slavery Index here.

Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking can be a potential risk to your business, whether via your direct recruitment methods or from a recruitment partner.

Are you confident that your workforce isn't affected by Modern Slavery?

We take compliance with legislation and industry standards extremely seriously. The people we recruit are supplied to the standards required by the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA). We have a dedicated central compliance team, checking worker eligibility and who monitor each aspect of the regulations.

How can you spot the signs of Modern Slavery?

The GLAA have identified six key areas where labour exploitation can be identified;

  1. Restricted Freedom

  2. Behaviour

  3. Working Conditions

  4. Accomodation

  5. Finances

  6. Appearance

You can read the full report from the GLAA here.

My team and I work closely with the GLAAThe Association of Labour Providers, and we're a supporter of the Stronger Together initiative.

From the very beginning of our recruitment process, through to a worker being placed on assignment - we have their welfare central to our process. Face to face interviews, on-site audits, worker surveys, background checks – these are just some of the tools we use to keep our workers safe and happy.

If you have any concerns for the safety of your workforce, feel free to call us for advice – if we can’t help we’ll certainly be able to put you in touch with an expert who can.

If you’re interested in attending one of our forthcoming Modern Slavery seminars please register your interest by emailing me today:


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