Are you an agency worker?

As an agency worker, you are supplied by an employment business (often known as a recruitment agency) to undertake assignments under the supervision, direction and control of the client.

What employment rights do you have as an agency worker?

All agency workers, subject to meeting the qualifying criteria are entitled to:

  • ›  national minimum wage or national living wage
  • ›  protection from unlawful deductions from wages
  • ›  statutory sick pay
  • ›  statutory maternity and paternity pay, shared parental pay and adoption pay
  • ›  statutory holiday entitlement – 5.6 weeks paid holiday a year
  • ›  right not to be charged direct or indirect fees for finding a job
  • ›  right to a payslip which includes details of hours worked
  • ›  minimum rest breaks
  • ›  maximum working time – 48 average hours a week (you can opt out of this if you choose)
  • ›  to be automatically enrolled onto a pension if you meet the required criteria
  • ›  protection from unlawful discrimination under the Equality Act 2010
  • ›  protection for whistleblowing
  • ›  health and safety protections.

For further information, please visit the Acas website at:

May 9, 2020
Rebecca Griffiths
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