Agency Worker Rights

What is an Agency Worker?

You are classed as an Agency Worker (you also could be referred to as a; temp, temporary worker, etc.) if you are employed on contract via an agency but work on under the supervision of another company/hirer.

Before you Start your Temporary Contract

Before you begin your new assignment, your agency must have provided you with the full assignment details including:

  • The hiring business's identity and nature of business
  • The start date and likely duration of the assignment
  • Full details of the position - type of work, location, working hours
  • What experience and training is required and expected
  • Whether any expenses are payable to or by the agency worker
  • The rate of pay and any other benefits on offer

From Day 1 of your Assignment

You have worker’s employment rights. You have the same rights to use any of the shared facilities and services provided by the employer as any other permanent worker, for example: nursery, crèche, canteen, car park, transport services, etc.

After 12 Weeks

After 12 weeks on an assignment you are entitled to ‘equal treatment’. This means that you have the same rights as someone employed directly. These rights include; ‘equal pay’ (the same pay as any other permanent employee doing the same job), automatic pension enrolment and paid annual leave.

Other Entitlements

  • National minimum wage
  • not to have unlawful deductions made from your wages
  • to work in a safe workplace
  • Maternity, paternity, shared parental and adoption pay
  • Rights against workplace discrimination under the Equality Act 2010
  • Statutory holiday entitlement and sick pay
  • Paid time off for ‘antenatal’ care
  • Rest breaks

You should never be charged a fee, either directly or indirectly, by an agency for finding you a job.

What you are not Entitled to

As an agency worker, you do not have the right to:

  • claim unfair dismissal if you’re sacked without notice or good cause 
  • claim statutory redundancy pay
  • claim maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave
  • a written statement of main terms and conditions of employment

When working as an agency worker via Network Scientific, you can rest assured that we operate to the highest levels of compliance, meaning you will be well looked after for the duration of your assignment.

For further information, please visit either; the ACAS Website or or contact us, we would be happy to discuss this further with you.


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