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.


Extend sick pay rebate to larger firms, recruitment bodies urge

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

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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Number of people who have never worked grows by half

6 Jan 2020

The number of people who have never worked grew by 52% in the past 20 years, according to the Resolution...

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Brexit fears slash a third of seasonal travel jobs

11 Dec 2019

Fears over Brexit have led to the loss of a third of UK seasonal jobs in ski resorts and summer...

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Two-fifths of UK workers opt for flexible or temporary work

20 Nov 2019

Two-fifths of Britons have turned to agency work, contracting or freelancing during their careers, suggesting a continued shift away from...

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IR35 will lead to temp talent drain, survey claims

13 Nov 2019

Three-fifths of employers are concerned they will miss out on temporary talent when the IR35 off-payroll rules are extended to...

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Young people increasingly struggle to move out of insecure work

21 Oct 2019

It is becoming harder for younger workers in insecure or temporary jobs to move into good quality permanent work.

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