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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Most employers back idea for stable contract requests

1 Jun 2018

Two-thirds of employers back the introduction of a right for agency workers and zero-hours contract workers to request a stable...

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Labour enforcement body calls for crackdown on worker exploitation

9 May 2018

The Director for Labour Market Enforcement has called for higher financial penalties for employers who exploit workers and flout employment...

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What are the legal rights of agency workers?

2 May 2018

“Presenteeism” has more than tripled since 2010, says the CIPD, hitting a record high.

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Fifth of employers uncertain about permanent hiring plans

28 Feb 2018

Economic uncertainty continues to affect hiring decisions, with almost one-fifth (18%) of employers unsure whether they need to increase their...

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Public backs keeping workers’ rights from EU

20 Feb 2018

Britons overwhelmingly back keeping – often strengthening – workers’ rights derived from the EU post Brexit, according to research published...

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Boom in agency worker use over last five years

12 Feb 2018

Four in 10 (43%) organisations increased their use of agency workers over the last five years as they struggled to...

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Five things buried in the Good Work plan consultations

9 Feb 2018

When the Government revealed its plans to bolster workers’ rights from their first day at work under its Good Work...

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Taylor review: Government pledges to enforce day-one rights for workers

7 Feb 2018

The Government has vowed to enforce workers’ rights from their first day in a job, in response to the recommendations...

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What you might have missed: Christmas and New Year round-up

2 Jan 2018

The first day back at work for many is an inevitable struggle after a much-deserved break over Christmas. But what...

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Seasonal workers: key contractual issues for employers

29 Aug 2017

In sectors such as hospitality, tourism, retail and agriculture, seasonal peaks can bring an influx of work at certain times...

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Good work or bad? Reaction to the Taylor Review

11 Jul 2017

Any much-anticipated report is likely to divide opinion, and the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices is no different. Rob...

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The Taylor Review: what employers need to know

11 Jul 2017

The long-awaited Taylor Review of modern employment practices emerged today, introduced at a press conference hosted by Prime Minister Theresa...

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Labour manifesto 2017: what employers need to know

17 May 2017

The Labour Party’s official manifesto has been released today and includes some of the most radical changes to employment legislation...

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Zero hours workers assume no entitlement to paid holiday

9 May 2017

Half of people on zero hours contracts wrongly believe that they are not entitled to paid holidays, research by Citizens...

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