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.


April 2020 employment law changes: eight tasks for HR

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

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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insecure work 2018

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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Single labour market body to enforce minimum wage and holiday rights

16 Jul 2019

The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...

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Temporary workers missing out on skills development

1 Jul 2019

Almost one million temporary workers are being excluded from skills development opportunities because of a poorly-designed apprenticeships system, the Recruitment...

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Reliance on agency workers increases as confidence in economy drops

24 Apr 2019

UK employers are increasingly likely to hire agency workers amid continuing falls in confidence in the economy, according to the...

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New EU employment law to be reviewed by Parliament post-Brexit

6 Mar 2019

Theresa May will today unveil how the UK government will handle emerging EU laws concerning workers’ rights after Brexit.
The...

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The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

20 Feb 2019

In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...

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Agency workers earn £400 a year less than directly employed colleagues

3 Dec 2018

Agency workers are subject to a “pay penalty” of 16p an hour if they are in the same job for...

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Swedish derogation repeal likely in gig economy shake-up

9 Nov 2018

Prime minister Theresa May is planning a series of measures to toughen workers’ rights, including the ending of the Swedish...

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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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