At SmartWork, we are very proud of our professional relationships and standing within the industry. As such, we are committed to excellence and strive to offer the best for our contractors.
Part of that is ensuring that we meet our own high standards, which we maintain via our memberships to the Freelancer & Contractors Services Association (FCSA), the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo) and TEAM.
The FCSA (Freelancer & Contractor Services Association) is the leading trade body for professional employment services (umbrella, accountancy, payroll). FCSA was set up in 2008 by a group of like-minded founders looking to set the standard and differentiate themselves from less scrupulous competitors in the marketplace.
The FCSA aims to raise standards and awareness of the sectors that contribute to the compliance chain as well as supply all the relevant information and advice to members including areas such as market intelligence, research and legislative changes. The FCSA also promotes high standards of competence, professional knowledge and best practice of industry through active programmes of education and training and most importantly, it provides a strong voice for the sector.
All associates and member must adhere to the FCSA Charter, which confirms that a business can operate legally, and it ran by fit and proper individuals. SmartWork undertakes an annual rigorous independent audit by qualified accounts and legal professionals, all with significant knowledge of the sector. With over a decade of knowledge and experience in the contracting and freelancing industry, we were able to provide a fully compliant solution to safeguard the interests of our employees, agency partners and end clients.
We are delighted to be members of the FCSA as the association echoes our own corporate values and commitment to best practice. We believe that FCSA is leading the way in supporting the flexible workforce, and Smartwork is extremely proud to be an active member.
Originally formed as ATSCo (The Association of Technology Staffing Companies), the organisation set out to provide a separate voice for recruitment firms in the IT sector. After a series of important lobbying successes, it became evident that other professional recruiters wanted a distinctive voice and specialist support and APSCo was formed in 2009. It gives candidates and employers a trusted badge of quality while providing member firms with an innovative range of services designed for them by recruitment experts.
These services, combined with its growing international profile, commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and opportunities for professional networking, give APSCo members a unique opportunity to develop their businesses and gain a competitive advantage. We have been awarded an APSCo Trusted Partner status which represents the gold standard among recruitment sector suppliers.
TEAM is the largest network of independent recruiters in the UK. TEAM provides recruitment and employment services to its membership enabling its Members to provide all the benefits associated with a local independent recruiter while at the same time being able to harness the combined networking power throughout 650+ locations.
We join their selected service provider list with the hope to bring our services to even more contractors, helping them find the best solution for their individual needs. We chose to work with TEAM for their strong professional standards and compliance requirements that complement our values.