Agency workers

Article reviewed: 2013/01/22 | Next review due: 2014/08/10

A temporary worker is a person employed (or engaged) to do a specific job of work for a specified period of days, weeks or months.

Temporary workers who are employed through an agency have fewer statutory rights than their colleagues who are employees, but they have the right not to be treated less favourably than comparable permanent employees under the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2002.

All temporary employees now have the right (regardless of the length of their contract) to receive statutory sick pay, guarantee payments, pay while suspended from work on medical grounds and minimum statutory notice. Additionally, where an employee has been working under a succession of temporary contracts within the same company for over four years, any subsequent renewal must be to create permanent employment status.

It is also good to know that recruitment agencies cannot make you pay any of their fees – it is all chargeable to the employer.

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