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The FCSA operates a best practice Codes of Compliance (the “Codes”) designed to ensure that its Accredited Members provide services, advice and employment to the highest level of professional and ethical standards in the UK.
For recruitment agencies, end hirers, and contractors, the FCSA Codes of Compliance provides complete peace of mind when selecting umbrella employers, limited company advisors, and self-employer and CIS contractor providers for their preferred supplier list for the following reasons:
The revised FCSA Codes will apply to all new applicants from the 26th May 2021 and to current FCSA members from the 1st October 2021, the latter is to enable our independent assessors to evidence test current members against the newly revised codes. If you require a copy of the previous codes, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The scope of FCSA’s Accreditation covers 3 types of business operations in the UK: umbrella employers, limited company advisors, and self-employed/CIS contractor providers. In order to be eligible for FCSA Accreditation, all applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
The above minimum criteria are essential for FCSA to be able to assess applicants’ business operations in practice, not just in theory. It is important to realise that FCSA Accreditation is not just a tick-box exercise.
A Fit and Proper Person form are required to be completed for each director of the business. Upon receipt of payment and the completed forms, the due diligence checks can be undertaken. Application for membership is to be made for all companies within the group, or who have common ownership/directorship, that offers services falling within the scope of FCSA Accreditation, even if they are separate companies and/or are branded separately. Once the Chief Executive and FCSA Board have approved the initial application, you will be invited to engage with an assessor.
In order to achieve FCSA Accreditation, applicants are independently assessed against our published standards (the “Codes”). The process requires applicants to provide documentary evidence of how they adhere to each and every standard. In addition to the paperwork element, assessors conduct in-depth site visits to the applicant’s business to interview their staff, test scenarios, undertake random audits, listen to onboarding calls, and ensure that all policies and procedures are being implemented in practice.