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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Uber wins London safety case as employment status verdict nears

28 Sep 2020

Uber has won the right to continue operating in London because of its safety improvements.

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Firms looking to temporary workers as business recovers

19 Aug 2020

Organisations are more likely to hire temporary workers than permanent staff over the next three months and demand for agency workers should remain high.

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Hiring continues to fall but pace slows

6 Aug 2020

The rate of decline in recruitment activity is slowing, starting salaries are falling and worker availability is on the up as the Bank of England cuts the severity of its forecasts for the UK economy.

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‘Alarm’ over gaps in worker support goes unheeded say MPs

29 Jul 2020

Repeatedly raised concerns over gaps in support for workers and businesses during the coronavirus crisis continue to go unheeded, a...

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Supreme Court to make final Uber ruling

20 Jul 2020

Four years in the making – final decision on the employment status of Uber drivers will have huge ramifications for the gig economy.

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Jaguar Land Rover cuts temporary staff

17 Jun 2020

Jaguar Land Rover is to cut the number of temporary workers it employs on its factory floors, putting up to...

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BEIS clarifies furlough holiday rules for staff and temps

14 May 2020

CJRS does not alter the position as to whether or not agency workers are entitled to accrue holiday.

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April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

6 Apr 2020

Each April, HR professionals must ensure that their organisation complies with the latest round of amended employment laws and deadlines....

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Agency staff gain new rights under the Good Work Plan

6 Apr 2020

Swedish derogation contracts finally become unlawful from today, as REC calls for coronavirus clarification for agency staff.

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What will happen to employment status and the Good Work Plan?

30 Mar 2020

Against the background of the coronavirus crisis, the changes coming in on 6 April and the proposed Employment Bill continue to narrow the gap between the status and rights of workers and employee.

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Staff agency for top hotels discriminated against bearded Sikh man

4 Dec 2019

A Sikh man has won £7,000 after an agency which supplies staff to exclusive London hotels said it was not...

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Gig economy: Uber launches on-demand jobs app ‘Works’

3 Oct 2019

Uber Technologies has launched a new app to put casual workers in touch with employers trying to fill vacant shifts....

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Young and old most likely to miss out on paid holiday and payslips

16 Sep 2019

The youngest and oldest staff working in atypical ways, such as temporary work, are the most at risk of missing...

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Work no more insecure than 20 years ago

1 Aug 2019

Work in the UK is no more insecure than it was in 1998, despite claims that there has been an...

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