The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 and the Agency Workers (Amendment) Regulations 2011 came into force on the 1st October 2010 and 1st September 2011 respectively.
The Agency Workers Regulations were introduced to protect the rights of vulnerable temporary workers and to ensure that they are entitled to the same basic working conditions and pay as they would be had they been recruited and hired by the client directly to perform the same role.
Am I an Agency worker?
You’re an agency worker if you have a contract with an agency but you work temporarily for a client/hirer. You’re also an agency worker if you look for work through entertainment and modelling agencies
You’re not an agency worker if you use an agency to find permanent or fixed-term employment.
What your agency must give you
Your agency must give you information about the work they’re trying to find you.
Before looking for work for you, your agency must give you:
Key information document
The key information document is a short explanation of how you’ll be paid and what deductions will be applied.
It must include:
(Your agency does not have to give you a key information document if you’ve already agreed terms of engagement with them before 6 April 2020).
Terms of engagement
The written terms of engagement should include:
An agency cannot change your terms and conditions without telling you. If you agree to changes, you must be given a new document with the full details of the changes and the date they changed.
An agency cannot give information about you to any third parties (including current employers or hirers) without your permission.