The bigger benefits to Agency Workers Regulation (AWR)

Posted on: November 12th, 2012

The topic of the impact of Agency Workers Regulation has come up a few times in the last year, so I thought it made sense to throw in my opinion, for what it’s worth!

It’s now been over a year since the introduction of the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) to give temporary agency workers equal treatment with comparable permanent workers after a 12-week qualifying period.

I’m pleased to say that any concern we had regarding the change in the temporary workers market has been minimised and in fact recent research has shown that only one in 10 employers had stopped or significantly decreased the use of temporary staff in the six months to April 2012, while a further 18% marginally reduced their use of agency workers.

We aren’t finding that it’s had too much of an impact on our business and nor does it seem to be bothering our clients either. If anything, companies are tending to take temps on to permanent contracts sooner than they would otherwise have done because the pay equality after 12 weeks does not make temps any cheaper to hire.

There is no longer any financial benefit to extensive periods of temping. This benefits the employer too as they make a commitment to good candidates and therefore retain good staff; otherwise temps move on to other positions.

So really it’s only been win, win all round. It will be interesting to see what happens as a result of the Government review of AWR next year, but until then, watch this space…

For more information about AWR the following are good sources: BIS Department Guide and also the industry trade journal website Personnel Today

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