Being an Agency Worker – What to Know – Accounts Navigator Associates

According to the GOV.UK website, you are an agency worker if you have a contract with an agency, but you work temporarily for a hirer. You are not an agency worker if you use an agency to find permanent or fixed-term employment.

Before you are offered a job, your agency must give you information about the work they are trying to find you. They must give you:

A key information document, which is a short explanation of how you will be paid and what deductions will be applied. It must include:

  • The minimum rate of pay you can can expect
  • A sample payslip giving an estimate of your take-home pay after tax
  • Who is paying you
  • If you have any fees to pay
  • If you are entitled to any benefits

And Terms of Engagement, which should include:

  • Whether you are employed under a contract for services or a contract of employment
  • Your notice period
  • Your pay
  • Your holiday entitlement

An agency cannot change your terms and conditions without telling you. If you agree to changes, you must be given a new document with the full details of the changes and the date they changed.

When your are offered a job, the agency must give you a written statement that outlines:

  • Your start date
  • How long the contract is likely to last
  • The type of work
  • About an expenses you have to pay
  • The location
  • Your hours
  • About any health and safety risks
  • About any experience, training or qualifications needed for the role

Entertainment agencies can charge you a fee for finding you work, e.g.: taking a commission from your earnings and to publish your details online or in a publication.

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