Temporary employment

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.


Tesco to create 16,000 new jobs as online sales soar

Tesco has announced it will create 16,000 new permanent jobs, with many of the roles going to staff who joined...

University workers’ job fears over Covid-19 exposure

28 Sep 2020

Academic staff on precarious contracts fear they could lose their jobs if they refuse to teach at university face to face.

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Firms’ £1.2bn temporary staff bill ‘expensive and unsustainable’

16 Sep 2020

Organisations have spent £1.2 billion on temporary staff to plug skills gaps over the past year, prompting the Open University...

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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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Extend sick pay rebate to larger firms, recruitment bodies urge

25 Jun 2020

Bodies representing the recruitment sector have urged the Treasury to extend the 14-day statutory sick pay rebate to businesses with...

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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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Fastest increase in candidate supply since 2009

5 Jun 2020

Recruiters have seen candidate supply rise at its fastest rate in more than a decade, but there has been a...

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Employer branding: attracting talent during the lockdown

30 Apr 2020

How can businesses attract and recruit the best candidates when everyone's working at home?

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How can essential employers cope with increased demand on HR?

3 Apr 2020

With so much focus on furlough and emergency support for struggling employers during the coronavirus crisis, what about those organisations...

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Airline crew asked to join NHS Nightingale Hospitals initiative

30 Mar 2020

Thousands of EasyJet and Virgin employees have been asked to work at the temporary NHS hospitals.

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Employer confidence shredded by coronavirus crisis

27 Mar 2020

Demand for temporary and permanent staff holds up well despite lockdown measures amid sharp, but predictable, fall in employer confidence.

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Supermarkets create 30,000 jobs to meet surging demand

23 Mar 2020

Supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Aldi and Asda have embarked on a hiring spree in order to meet high demand.
As...

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NHS invites retired doctors and nurses to return

20 Mar 2020

Senior health officials have called on 65,000 retired NHS doctors and nurses to return to the profession to support the...

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Coronavirus: What employers need to know (webinar)

19 Mar 2020

ON-DEMAND | As the true impact of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic becomes apparent, employers are facing...

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