Changes to employment rights for temporary workers

by Sarah Ashcroft

Many businesses are remaining committed to offering temporary employment contracts, even in light of new Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), a study has found.

The latest JobsOutlook survey from the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) highlights that 22 per cent of employers plan to increase their use of temporary workers over the next three months.

Meanwhile, 61 per cent revealed that they would be keeping their agency workforce at the same level, up four per cent compared to August.

AWR will come into force tomorrow (October 1st) and requires employers to give temporary workers the same basic employment rights as other staff after 12 weeks in a post.

Included in the terms and conditions are basic pay rights, annual leave and rest breaks.

Roger Tweedy, the REC's director of research, said: "Despite the imminent introduction of the AWR, employers are still looking to build flexibility into their workforces while an overall air of uncertainty prevails in the jobs market."

More information on the Agency Workers Regulations

Published on: September 30, 2011

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