AWR Legislation

The Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) legislation came into force on 1 October 2011 in England, Scotland and Wales, and on 5 December 2011 in Northern Ireland. It is widely regarded as one of the most significant pieces of legislation to ever hit the UK’s private recruitment industry.

AWR – What it means for you

AWR gives temporary agency workers the same basic rights after 12 weeks in the same assignment, as those on permanent contracts of employment in a comparable role. It affects PAYE temporary workers, contractors working through umbrella companies and those working through their own limited company not considered to be in business in their own right.

The basic rights covered by AWR include:

  • Pay
  • Commission payments
  • Performance-related bonuses
  • Shift allowances
  • Working conditions
  • Overtime
  • Rest periods/breaks
  • Public holidays
  • Holiday entitlement

Temporary agency workers also have the right to be informed of any suitable vacancies within the organisation and to access collective facilities such as car parking and canteen facilities.

Expert support and guidance on all AWR matters

For many hirers, AWR legislation can lead to many questions and grey areas. That’s why our specialist recruitment consultants provide a step-by-step approach to ensure ease of management and compliancy when hiring temporary agency workers in the UK.

Find out more about AWR legislation

To find out more about current AWR legislation, please send us an email or call 01293 887524.


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