Agency Worker Regulations (AWR)

The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) came into effect on the 1st October 2011. It protects temporary workers hired through an agency, or those working through an umbrella company. Temporary workers and contractors working through their own limited company are unaffected by AWR.

The AWR legislation ensures that any temporary worker who is working for a company after 12 weeks in the same job role, will have the same working conditions to that of a permanent employee in the same job.

This means that temporary workers will benefit from a whole host of employee benefits from their employers.

As a result, temporary workers after 12 weeks in the same role must be treated to the same terms and conditions relating to pay as a permanent member of staff.

However, the following are excluded from AWR:

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