Note: This is our original regulation update text, published on 3 May 2006. Unlike the rest of our site, this archived material is not updated if the law changes.For an overview of current law in this area, see our guide: Using contractors and subcontractors
Labour providers supplying labour to agricultural, horticultural and food/fish/shellfish processing and packaging sectors, and from April 2007, labour providers and users operating in the shellfish-gathering sector
Took effect on
1 October 2006
From 1 October 2006, you will need to have a licence from the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) if you supply workers to agriculture, horticulture and food/fish/shellfish processing and packaging plants.
A gangmasters licence in the shellfish-gathering sector will be compulsory from April 2007. Applications will be invited from 1 October 2006.
The service is now open and you should contact the GLA as soon as possible to make sure you have your licence before October.
Some areas will be excluded from licensing, such as:
- retail and distribution
- catering establishments
If you are not sure whether you need a licence - or need help with your application - you should telephone the GLA helpline. They will:
- tell you if you need a licence
- explain the conditions you will have to meet
- talk you through the process
To qualify for a licence, you will need to comply with the GLA's Licensing Standards. If you cannot do this, the GLA may not issue a licence.
After you receive a licence, you will have to continue to comply with the required standards. If you do not, you could lose your licence.
After 1 October 2006, you will be committing an offence if you provide labour in the regulated sectors without a licence.
From 1 December 2006, it will be an offence for a person to enter into an arrangement with an unlicensed gangmaster.
The offences for operating in the shellfish-gathering sector will commence in April 2007.
Full title of regulation
Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004; Gangmasters (Licensing Conditions) Rules 2006; Gangmasters Licensing (Exclusions) Regulations 2006; Gangmasters (Appeals) Regulations 2006
Gangmasters Licensing Authority
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