Agency workers

Temporary agency workers offer great flexibility as an additional labour resource. They can fill in staffing gaps, often at very short notice, and can be engaged for anything from a few hours to weeks or months at a time.

Under the Agency Workers Regulations 2010, on completing a qualifying period with a hirer, agency workers qualify for the same basic employment conditions that they would have had if directly recruited.

If an employer wishes to take on an agency worker as a permanent member of staff, it may have to pay a “transfer fee” (sometimes known as a “temp to perm” fee) to the agency supplying the worker.

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NHS agency staff to have pay capped

2 Jun 2015

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has ordered a clampdown on recruitment agencies supplying the NHS with doctors and nurses as a...

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Facebook to raise minimum wage and improve benefits for contract workers

15 May 2015

Facebook is to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in the USA for its contractors and suppliers, among...

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Workers on agency contracts as often unaware of their rights. Photo: John Nguyen/Daily Mail/REX

Agency workers often unaware of rights, Acas research reveals

19 Mar 2015

Research published today has shown that agency workers are often unaware of their employment rights and are afraid of raising...

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Danny Alexander and George Osborne ahead of today's Budget. Photo: Jonathan Hordle/REX

Few surprises for employers in pre-election Budget

18 Mar 2015

The Chancellor’s final budget before the election offered few surprises for employers, with George Osborne boasting that “Britain is walking...

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Atypical workers in France: how do French and British laws differ?

11 Mar 2015

Millions of workers are employed under temporary or part-time contracts in France and in the UK; however, the French laws...

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Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers

NHS Employers chief: “Workforce supply is the biggest single concern”

11 Feb 2015

With the NHS constantly in the headlines as we approach an election, new NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer has...

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Employment law: eight cases to look out for in 2015

12 Dec 2014

We round up eight significant employment law decisions expected in 2015, including legal cases pending on collective redundancy consultation and...

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Tribunal watch: Long-serving agency worker replaced by potentially redundant employee

27 Oct 2014

Agency workers have the right to be informed of relevant vacancies in the organisation to which they are assigned. But...

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Tribunal watch: £10,000 award for underpaid agency worker

15 Sep 2014

An employment tribunal has awarded a temporary agency worker over £10,000 after she was not paid the same after 12...

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Collective redundancy and TUPE – don’t forget agency workers

6 May 2013

A case involving the transfer of a council’s agency staff has served as an important reminder to employers of their...

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Tribunal provides guidance on agency workers and Swedish derogation

30 Jan 2013

An employment tribunal has provided guidance on the use of the “Swedish derogation” model, under which agency workers can sign...

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Legal Q&A: Are ‘zero-hours contracts’ an alternative to the use of agency workers?

16 Nov 2012

In a recent survey on employment trends in 2012, the CBI reported that the increased costs and complexity brought about...

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Positive employment outlook set to remain for rest of 2012

12 Nov 2012

Positive employment outlook set to remain for rest of 2012 The employment outlook for the rest of the year is set to remain positive, according to...

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Legal opinion: Managing compliance with the Agency Workers Regulations 2010

2 Nov 2012

When the Agency Worker Regulations 2010 (AWR) were announced, there were concerns that their implementation would be met with a...

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