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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.
2 Jun 2006
Temporary workers still being shortchanged by UK employers, according to TUC.
28 Apr 2006
Health minister claims better management could reduce agency staff costs in NHS.
6 Apr 2006
UK employers are the most part-time friendly in Europe, according to a poll of 21,000 organisations.
10 Mar 2006
Landmark ruling throws world of agency workers into chaos.
30 Jan 2006
Temporary workers are happier and healthier than permanent workers, according to new research from the Department of Management at King's College London
4 Jan 2006
Ethical guidelines to stop hospitals poaching nurses from the poorest countries are being ignored by private recruiting agencies
6 Dec 2005
There are far more 'issues' between HR and recruitment consultants than you covered in your 'Focus on... consultants' feature
26 Aug 2005
Gate Gourmet’s staff practices hit the headlines again today when a newspaper reported that the airline caterer employs casual workers without conducting proper checks on their backgrounds
23 Aug 2005
Two pregnant women have accused a major high street recruiter of unfair dismissal, with one of them also claiming sex...
23 Aug 2005
The employment status of agency workers is far from clear. Individuals providing services under contracts in which they are expressly...
3 Jun 2005
The French and Dutch "no" votes on the EU constitution could have serious repercussions for the recruitment sector of the UK economy, the Association of Technology Staffing Companies (ATSCo) has warned.
19 May 2005
The NHS has set up a scheme to tackle the rising cost of employing agency staff by sharing best practice techniques across England.
17 Feb 2005
Too many businesses are ill-prepared for the possibility of a terrorist attack, according to an NOP poll for the Institute...
26 Jan 2005
Despite the fact that employers want staff to have a more in-depth understanding of their businesses, IT professionals prefer to remain as contractors
1 Jul 2004
In this series, we delve into the XpertHR reference manual to find essential information relating to one of our features. This month's topic...