Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) - Introduced 1st October 2011

The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) came into force on 1st October 2011.

This has been designed by the EU to stop vulnerable workers being exploited and to provide temporary workers with equal treatment in terms of basic working and employment conditions where they have been employed to do the same job as a permanent member of staff.

In all cases Finance Recruitment pays its agency workers more than the equivalent, substantive, post holders are paid. As a result contractors working through Finance Recruitment are better off than substantive employees in relation to pay and so AWR legislation has minimal impact.

Since 1st October agency workers have been entitled, from the start of their contract, to access to canteens, accommodation, car parking and other benefits associated with being a full time, substantive post holder. Agency workers should be aware that in many cases certain benefits will be on a “first come first served” basis and that there may well be waiting lists. An example might be access to company car parking. Since 1st October an agency worker can add his or her name to the waiting list and their application will be processed in the same way as that of a full time member of staff. These benefits will vary from company to company.

Following an initial 12 week “settling in” period agency workers are entitled to equal treatment in certain other areas such as pay, working hours, breaks and holidays. As mentioned above, as all Finance Recruitment agency workers are paid more than the equivalent substantive members of staff, equal treatment on pay will be irrelevant.

Equal treatment does NOT apply to pension benefits, sick pay or paternity and maternity leave.

Finance Recruitment currently monitors and tracks all agency workers through our IT software and can identify when the 12 week anniversary has been reached.

Where benefits are available Finance Recruitment will work in partnership with employing companies to communicate this to agency workers.

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