Agency Worker

Agency Worker

A generic term for a person who obtains work in the UK via a third party (usually a locum agency) and is paid on an hourly basis. Agency workers do not receive the same benefits as full time employees who have paid vacations, pensions and relative job security.
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Lindsay Judge, senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: "Demand for agency workers grew significantly over the last five years - particularly among firms who use them as a core part of their business model and have become agency worker reliant.
The think tank said the difference in pay existed despite Agency Worker Regulations giving those with at least 12 weeks of continuous service the right to pay parity with other employees.
The Agency Worker Regulations 2010 give people who have done at least 12 weeks of continuous work in the same place the right to equal pay.
You are an agency worker if you have a contract with an agency but you work temporarily for an employer.
In the German system of employment relations the temporary work agency is regarded as the sole employer and the regulation does not imply a relationship between the agency worker and the client (Wank 2011), while the relationship between the client and the temp agency is based on a contract that requires the customer to pay a fee to gain the right to directly employ the agency worker (Wank 2011).
After giving birth, she tried to find a job but could find only agency worker positions.
Representatives from a range of businesses across Newcastle including Greggs, Allied Bakeries and the Shared Interest Society attended the two-hour breakfast meeting to hear about changes to the Agency Worker Directive (AWD), which come into force in October.
But it seems the more vulnerable an agency worker, the more likely an agency is to charge.
The think-tank said the difference in pay existed despite Agency Worker Regulations giving those with at least 12 weeks of continuous service the right to pay parity with other employees.
A After an agency worker has completed a 12-week qualifying period with the same end-user, in the same job, s/he will be entitled to the same basic contractual terms and conditions as if they had been employed directly by the end-user.
But when your agency worker has been with you for a year, they are no longer a temp.
Although commendable, the AWR is not suitable for all types of agency worker and in the majority of instances, it will not have much impact on agency workers as in most instances equal treatment is already present.