The Agency Workers Regulations (“Regulations”) are due to come into force on 1 October 2011. Under the Regulations agency workers will, after a 12- week qualifying period, become entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as if they had been recruited directly by the hirer. This means that, subject to some exceptions, agency workers will be entitled to, for example, the same basic rate of pay as permanent staff.
The Regulations will almost inevitably add to the cost of using agency workers, bearing in mind the additional amounts to be paid to them and the increased administration. To assess the scale of the likely impact of the Regulations on a business, a business should determine the number of agency workers it places across its business and determine the approach it should take.
We can forward to you a copy of our detailed guidance note that may assist in your compliance plan for the new Regulations.