Agency Workers


Agency workers are entitled to many of the same employment rights as other workers.

These include rights to:

  • the National Minimum Wage;
  • working time limits [including rights to rest breaks, minimum annual holiday
  • entitlement of 5.6 weeks (subject to a maximum of 28 days), holiday pay and a limit on the working week];
  • no unlawful deductions from wages;
  • health and safety protection;
  • not be discriminated against under equality legislation, including race, sex, disability, religious belief or pregnancy;
  • join a union; and
  • be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing.
  • Some agency workers may also have rights to maternity, paternity or adoption pay but this will depend on their National Insurance contributions. As agency workers are generally not classed as employees they are not eligible for maternity, paternity or adoption leave.

    Agency workers are normally entitled to statutory sick pay, regardless of their length of contract.

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