Rights for Agency Workers
All agency workers have these basic rights from day one of their employment.
Written statement of terms and conditions
Every agency worker whether employed temporarily or on a permanent basis has the right to a written statement of terms and conditions. This is a legally binding document between the employee and agency that can be enforced by law. The employee does not have to sign the contract on the spot, and has the right to seek clarification of details from a third party (Union Rep), before signing the document. Once the document has been signed any changes must be agreed by both parties in writing within five working days.
Terms and conditions must state
National Minimum Wage
The minimum hourly rate.
£5.93 – the main rate for workers aged 21 and over (*£6.08)
£4.92 – the 18-20 rate (*£4.98)
£3.64 – the 16-17 rate for workers above school leaving age but under 18 (£*3.68)
*from 1st October 2011
Deductions from your pay
An agency cannot legally deduct the following from your pay.
Withholding your pay
An agency cannot withhold your pay simply because they have not been paid by the company or organisation where you worked, or because you cannot produce a signed time sheet. Where the hiring company refuses to sign a timesheet, it is the agency’s responsibility to establish the hours you actually worked and pay you accordingly.