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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.
6 Apr 2020
Swedish derogation contracts finally become unlawful from today, as REC calls for coronavirus clarification for agency staff.
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.
4 Dec 2019
A Sikh man has won £7,000 after an agency which supplies staff to exclusive London hotels said it was not...
3 Oct 2019
Uber Technologies has launched a new app to put casual workers in touch with employers trying to fill vacant shifts....
16 Sep 2019
The youngest and oldest staff working in atypical ways, such as temporary work, are the most at risk of missing...
1 Aug 2019
Work in the UK is no more insecure than it was in 1998, despite claims that there has been an...
16 Jul 2019
The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...
1 Jul 2019
Almost one million temporary workers are being excluded from skills development opportunities because of a poorly-designed apprenticeships system, the Recruitment...
24 Apr 2019
UK employers are increasingly likely to hire agency workers amid continuing falls in confidence in the economy, according to the...
6 Mar 2019
Theresa May will today unveil how the UK government will handle emerging EU laws concerning workers’ rights after Brexit.
20 Feb 2019
In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...
3 Dec 2018
Agency workers are subject to a “pay penalty” of 16p an hour if they are in the same job for...
9 Nov 2018
Prime minister Theresa May is planning a series of measures to toughen workers’ rights, including the ending of the Swedish...
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...