Agency workers will be entitled to the same basic pay and working conditions. This includes the basic hourly rate and any additional entitlements that are linked to the work done by the agency worker during an assignment. It will include the same overtime and shift allowances, unsocial hours premiums, payments for difficult or dangerous duties and lunch vouchers. Bonuses which are directly attributable to the quality and quantity of work done by an agency worker will also be included. Agency workers will also be entitled to the same rest breaks and annual leave allowance.
Whilst the other benefits are only given after 12 weeks, there are some benefits which agency workers will be entitled to from day one of an assignment. Firstly, you will need to ensure that agency workers are made aware of vacancies that arise in your organisation. Secondly, agency workers will also be entitled to access several collective facilities including creche and childcare facilities, canteen facilities and the provision of transport services but access to these can be refused if there are ‘objective grounds’ for doing so. ‘Amenities’ e.g. subsidised gym membership, season ticket loans and childcare vouchers are out of scope.