ACAS reports on the impact of the Agency Workers Regulations


23 February 2017

By Alexandra Dean

ACAS have reported that the Employment Trends Survey, which covers 319 businesses and a total workforce of 1.9 million people, found that almost half of firms (46%) report that their business has been affected as a direct result of the regulations.  Some 57% said they have reduced their use of agency workers and one in twelve firms (8%) has stopped use of them entirely.

According to the survey, more than a third of companies (36%) are turning to fixed –term contracts instead and rather than use agency workers, one in seven firms (15%) has hired self-employed people, who are unaffected by the regulations, and one in six (17%) has asked existing employees to put in more overtime work.

Agency workers are entitled to certain rights, including paid annual leave, rest breaks and the National Minimum Wage.

If you require any further information in relation to Agency workers and the regulations then please do not hesitate to contact Alexandra Dean on 01245 494939 or