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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You are an agency worker if you have a contract with an agency but you work temporarily for an employer.
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.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "The recent agency worker regulations have improved working conditions for many agency workers without causing job losses.
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.
The Cabinet Office human resources document states: "Departments are entitled to decide not to engage an agency worker beyond the 12 week qualifying period, for example having a standard policy of only engaging agency workers for 11 weeks.
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.
Employers are also able to use the so-called "Swedish derogation" to avoid the AWR principle of equal pay, which applies where an agency worker enters into a permanent contract of employment with an agency, under which they are paid a minimum amount (for at least four weeks) between assignments.
Md Julie Cummings said: "Like most recruitment agencies, the new agency worker regulations and changes to national minimum wage regulations as well as tax threshold changes have affected us this year.
Introduced just before the 2010 General Election as the result of a deal between the Labour government and trade unions, the Agency Worker Regulations came into force in October.
It applies to individuals who are an agency worker, hirers of agency workers and organisations supplying agency workers.