It’s been 6 months since the Government introduced AWR (Agency Workers Regulations)

It has been six months since the Government introduced new laws dubbed the ‘most significant legislation ever to hit the UK’s private recruitment industry’.

But this month the organisation that made that statement, The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) issued the results of a survey which revealed the majority of recruiters and employers have only been modestly affected by the new rules.


We are talking, of course, about Agency Workers Regulations.

AWR were introduced in October 2011 and mean that temporary workers are entitled to some of the same conditions as their permanent counterparts after 12 weeks working in the same role.


The rules include equality on issues such as basic pay, annual leave, rest breaks and performance-linked bonuses.

Agency workers acquired the same rights – access to job vacancies and collective facilities, for example – from their first day at work as someone who had been directly recruited.


Many in the industry were worried that the changes would see supply chain costs driven up at a time when more flexibility was needed.

There were fears that the cost of compliance for those organisations using temporary agency labour as part of their workforce would see their bottom line seriously impacted.


But the latest REC survey shows that many of those fears seem to have been alleviated.


The report showed that 86 per cent of REC members believe the impact of the AWR has been modest or non-existent, while only 15 per cent described the impact as significant.


And 40 per cent of those questioned about the changes said they weren’t really aware of them. A further 51 per cent said they were ‘just getting on with things’.


At Jobwise we see the regulations as a major reason why now is the perfect time to make a successful career out of temping.

From day one temporary workers will be entitled to shared facilities and amenities, while from week 12 they will be treated as a permanent member of staff with equal pay, holiday entitlement, rest breaks and hours.

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