Rights for agency workers
Agency workers are entitled to the same rights as other ‘workers’.
Agency workers on ‘pay between assignment’ contracts, have the same rights as ‘employees’.
In addition, agency workers have the right to a written statement of terms and conditions before they start any work.
An agency may not:
See the TUC’s agency workers guide [PDF] for more information.
Accidents at work
Agencies have a duty to find out about any health and safety risks in the workplace known to the organisation that is hiring an agency worker and the steps taken to prevent or control those risks. They should check that the organisation has carried out a thorough health and safety risk assessment and ensure that workers are made aware of the situation before placing them in an organisation.
From the first day of work for a hirer agency, workers have rights to:
Once agency workers have worked in the same role at an organisation for 12 weeks they have the right to:
Agency workers: exceptions to the rule on equal treatment
Agency workers who are employed on a ‘pay between assignment contract’ are not entitled to equal pay even after 12 weeks’ work for a hirer.
If you are an agency worker and your contract has the following characteristics,you will NOT be entitled to equal pay:
If your contract looks like this you still have a right to be paid between assignments when you are not working.
For more information refer to the TUC's agency workers guide [PDF]
A union will be able to help you to claim your rights at work if you are on this kind of contract.