NSI invites comment on draft Code of Practice for provision of labour in security and events sector

The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is inviting comment on its new draft Code of Practice, NCP 119, for the provision of labour in the security and events sector. The draft Code has been developed in response to recent feedback and evidence of poor practices potentially compromising industry credibility.

Introduction of the Code of Practice would necessitate companies procuring additional labour to require their providers to adopt and obtain NSI approval to this Code of Practice. The overriding objective of such a policy would be to ensure that all partners within the supply chain are operating as responsible employers (eg with regards to payroll, training and right to work).

The intent of the new Code of Practice is to raise standards of service provision and social responsibility in the use of labour resources by addressing the resilience of the supply chain in delivering bona fide labour at the point of service delivery. Adherence to the new Code would ensure that integrity is maintained in meeting statutory and regulatory requirements, in turn minimising risks posed to the safety and security of the general public, the integrity of the supply chain and worker exploitation.

Richard Jenkins, CEO at the NSI, said: “We welcome comment on this draft Code of Practice to which approval would give buyers clear assurance security personnel deployed on their sites have been sourced from the contractor’s own staff and from approved labour providers who hold themselves up to the independent scrutiny of NSI approval, demonstrate their commitment to the reduction of security risks of ‘rogue labour’ and ensure the adoption of Best Practice across a range of criteria such as right to work, employment status, training and minimum pay.”

It’s envisaged that the Code of Practice could be issued in 2020 with a grace period of 12 months for NSI Guarding Gold and Silver-approved companies to specify this Code in their procurement processes, and for labour providers to obtain their certificate of approval.

*NSI Guarding Gold and Silver-approved companies wishing to review the draft and submit comment prior to the consultation end date of 31 October should contact Margaret Durr, head of field operations (services) at the NSI, via e-mail: margaret.durr@nsi.org.uk. The NSI will carefully review all responses, consider the next steps and keep all respondents informed of progress

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