Temporary staff: the law

Temp workers employemnt application

Employers must adhere to the legislation

As your business grows you may need to employ temporary workers when you have a staff shortage or (hopefully) more work than you know what to do with.

 In this situation temporary workers can give you the flexibility to cope with any sudden or temporary changes in your business. They can cover for your permanent staff should one of them be holiday or on sick or maternity leave, for example.

A temporary worker can be employed for a limited period, either through an agency or directly.

Minimum period

But where do you stand as an employer? How do temporary workers’ rights differ from those of permanent employees?

UK employment law makes no distinction between a ‘permanent’ and a ‘temporary’ worker. However, to qualify for certain employment rights, employees must have served a minimum period of continuous employment.

Temporary workers can give you the flexibilty to cope with changes in your business 

Sometimes a temporary worker might accrue a certain period of employment and will then qualify for some employment rights. Temporary workers who are not employed on fixed-term contracts may have the same rights to notice of termination as permanent employees.

Certain rights have no minimum service qualification. Everyone has the right not to be discriminated against on the grounds of race, religion, age, disability or sexual orientation, for example.

In recent years the European Commission has worked out a draft EU directive designed to protect temporary agency workers. However, it has been continually blocked by certain member states and it is unclear as to whether it will be implemented in the future. Trade unions, such as the European Trade Union Confederation, are lobbying hard to push through the law and protect temporary agency workers across the EU.

Temporary workers are sometimes hired on fixed-term contracts. A rule came into force in October 2002 granting employees on fixed-term contracts the right to be paid the same as permanent employees.

Any business that is unsure of its legal obligations or employment law should seek legal advice.

 

98 comments about this article

comment by patrick cullimore
ive worked for a company for 2 years,i was involved in a road traffic accident not my fault but on returning to work was told i wasent needed anymore surely this cant be right im 58 and now im so upset that the company as done this to me when nothing was my fault.
comment by dee trickey
Hi, I was hired for a short term contract with an agency but have been in the same place for 6 months. The client gave me a days notice last week and my agency seem to be sending on my p45 to me. i thought they had to give me a least a weeks notice or even a month the same as my comparative colleagues working in the same office, i passed the 12 week mark and they paid me in line with everyone lese apparantly (however it seems i was getting more but the agency were clawing this back through my anual leave as its paid in percentages depending on my average weekly hours!) anyway, should I have been entitled to more notice either by the cloent or my agency? (NB i didnt sign any contract witht he agency).
comment by Patricia Warren
I am just after advice really, my contract has come to an end after 8 years which is bad timing before Christmas but that's the way it is. The trouble is the Agency would like to keep me with them but at the same time I have a recently widowed elderly mother who needs a bit of support. If I accept the P.45 I am virtually leaving them too but could receive benefits if I don't take the P.45 I will remain on their books and they will let me know of anything else in the pipeline in future and within the company that I have been working in which would be ideal. I would be grateful for any point of view. Also I am 58 and I can imagine it would be harder to find anything outside this company.
comment by Sandra Clarke
hello, my boss has told me that we are going on a reduced working week, so will only work Monday to Thursday, however we have a part timer who`s hours do not include her working a Friday anyway, it doesn't seem fair that all the full time workers will be losing hours and she remains the same, is this legal...?
comment by Tammy
I have a question about temporary work. My son has been working as a temp month to month contrat for the company for 9 months now. Is he entitled to a permanent employement at this company, and what is the legislation.
comment by Lorraine
Hello I name is Lorraine and I have been working for a company now fornearly 3 years I do not get the same wages as the other members of staff because they say my job is different From them I have not Had a wage increase in nearly 3 years I start work at 4:30 in the morning where the other guys who works for agency Get £25 For unsociable hours if they start at 4 o'clock You guys work front desk whereas I work on the train putting magazines behind the seats do I qualify for the same as them And after nearly 3 years Am I now entitled to fall proper employment
comment by Jane
I am a permanent employee of a construction company and when I went to a different site (having worked on 12 sites in total) the temp who was doing everything I was capable of remained as the Secretary and I was relegated to the role of Telephonist/Laminator. Have I been treated fairly when I have all the relevant qualifications for secretarial work?
comment by Sharon
I have been working continuosly for 2 years as an agency worker at the same local authority. They have now told me I am not needed do I have any rights?
comment by Anna Uttley
Hello, I have a question about temporary work. I have been working as a temp for the same company through Quest for 9 months now. Am I entitled to permanent employement at this company, and what is the legislation. does the company have to pay Quest a fee so i can become permanent with them.
comment by Sue Macaulay
Hi, I have worked for the same company since Nov 09, on 6 monthly contracts. They want to take me on with a perm contract, but say they cannot do this without advertising the postition as the company has had problems with employees taking company to court over other employees who want an office based Job and the jobs not being advertised. Have i any rights for the length of time i worked at this company.
comment by steve
I have been a temp @ the same factory for 15 months 2 weeks ago they got rid of me no reason was given, but i recon it was because when they changed our work stations from sitting to standing i started to have problems with my feet swelling up and cramping after 2 or 3 days which meant i was unable to walk let alone stand for 10 hrs so i ended up have time off.Backed up by a doctors cert saying that standing for extended periods was not an option for me.They took me off shift moved me to another dept on days for 1 week then rang the agency on the Friday to say we don't want him back.That doesn't bother me to much it was a crap place to work but when you have trained other people to do the same job as you and they get taken on full time instead of you then that just stinks. These companies know all the loop holes in our law's for temp workers. So until our Gov gives temp workers all the rights of full timers. We will be trodden on made to feel like second hand out of date clothes that no one really wants(This is instead of swearing)all I can say is if you are a temp while your there do some courses retrain anything to help you get a full time job as nothing is going to change for the temp.
comment by steve
I have been a temp @ the same factory for 15 months 2 weeks ago they got rid of me no reason was given, but i recon it was because when they changed our work stations from sitting to standing i started to have problems with my feet swelling up and cramping after 2 or 3 days which meant i was unable to walk let alone stand for 10 hrs so i ended up have time off.Backed up by a doctors cert saying that standing for extended periods was not an option for me.They took me off shift moved me to another dept on days for 1 week then rang the agency on the Friday to say we don't want him back.That doesn't bother me to much it was a crap place to work but when you have trained other people to do the same job as you and they get taken on full time instead of you then that just stinks. These companies know all the loop holes in our law's for temp workers. So until our Gov gives temp workers all the rights of full timers. We will be trodden on made to feel like second hand out of date clothes that no one really wants(This is instead of swearing)all I can say is if you are a temp while your there do some courses retrain anything to help you get a full time job as nothing is going to change for the temp.
comment by vinny
is this a site where we can get a reply for our questions,?
comment by VINNY
I HAVE BEEN WORKING FOR A COMPANY FOR FOUR YEARS DOING FULL TIME HOURS, EACH TIME A JOB VACANCEY COMES UP I HAVE APPLIED BUT STILL HAVENT BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE COMPANY, THE MEMO" FOR THE JOBS ARE INTERNAL BEFORE GOING EXTERNAL,I HAVE BEEN INFORMED THAT I DONT FIT THE CRITERIA FOR THE JOB,YET THE COMPANY HAS INVESTED IN ME AND I HAVE COMPLETED MY N,V,Q, CLASS 3 ALSO I AM SENT ON MANY COURSES THROUGHOUT MY TIME, I KNOW I GET NERVOUS ON INTERVIEWS BUT THIS IS DOWN TO MY LEARNING DIFFICULTIES,I HAVE HAD NO SUPERVISSIONS WITHIN MY TIME OF WORKING AND MANAGEMENT HAVENT GIVE ME SUPPORT ON MY WEAKNESSES, I HAVE NOW BEEN MADE TO FEEL DEMORALISED AND USED, IS THERE A LAW OUT THERE TO SAY THAT THE COMPANY CANNOT TREAT ME IN THE WAY THEY DO, THEY SAY I NEED TO WRITE REPORTS, I DO , I WRITE DAILY RECORDS, HANDOVERS,I USE THE COMPANIES COMMUNICATION BOOK, AFTER FOUR YEARS SERVICE ON FULL TIME HOURS I FEEL THAT I AM ENTITLED TO FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT FROM THE COMPANY,THE COMPANY WILL BE ADVERTISING FOR POSTS EXTERNALLY AND I FEEL THAT ONE OF THE JOBS SHOULD GO TO ME,,CAN THE COMPANY DO THIS TO ME AND IF NOT WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT, PLEASE HELP
comment by howard
I would like to say, that our government have their hands tied. without Employers, no growth. So workers will never have the rights as you did 20 years ago. Trade Unions, where are they? with employment rising the recruiters are having a field day. My father fought in world war 2 for freedom and independance, then our government joined the EU. WHY???
comment by howard
rights for temporary, aagency workers is a joke. you have no rights at all. I have been working for a big company through a leading agency for nearly 2 years. You are just labour fodder, i'm sorry to say. adecco hahahahaha
comment by howard
rights for temporary, aagency workers is a joke. you have no rights at all. I have been working for a big company through a leading agency for nearly 2 years. You are just labour fodder, i'm sorry to say. adecco hahahahaha
comment by nichola taylor
I have recently started a temp job for 3 months but was told after training we all would be offered permanent jobs, however i fell on the bus, damaging my foot and already crippled with arthiritis my doctor stongly advised me to rest until swelling had gone done and pain as well, i handed a 2 week sick note in only to find out after 1 week they cant keep me on hmmmmm, do i have any rights for this, i hope so this seems so unfair.
comment by nichola taylor
I have recently started a temp job for 3 months but was told after training we all would be offered permanent jobs, however i fell on the bus, damaging my foot and already crippled with arthiritis my doctor stongly advised me to rest until swelling had gone done and pain as well, i handed a 2 week sick note in only to find out after 1 week they cant keep me on hmmmmm, do i have any rights for this, i hope so this seems so unfair.
comment by nichola taylor
I have recently started a temp job for 3 months but was told after training we all would be offered permanent jobs, however i fell on the bus, damaging my foot and already crippled with arthiritis my doctor stongly advised me to rest until swelling had gone done and pain as well, i handed a 2 week sick note in only to find out after 1 week they cant keep me on hmmmmm, do i have any rights for this, i hope so this seems so unfair.
comment by steven mcminn
Can you tell me if you can opt out the 12 week rule many thanks
comment by anna
Many organisation sadly exploit temporary workers as they know they are in a weaker position due to not being protected by the same employment rights and legislation as permanent employees. Many unethical people within organisation will regrettably take advantage of the lack of protection and act in a way that would normally be deemed unjust. Since undertaking various temp assignments (both with the awful agencies and directly with organisations) I pretty much have lost a lot of faith in humans! Losing one's sole income can have such a drastic and dramatic effect on a person life, health and well being. Often, much more so than had they been, say a victim of burglary. However, our legal system seems to deal with perpetrators of such actions as burglary in a very punitive way, however, for those immoral employers who cause so much damage to the lives of temporary staff simply are getting away with it! I have ironically supervised criminal offenders on release from prison and actually now think that some of these agency staff are actually WORSE in their ethics, morals and values than street criminals! And I say that in all seriousness. Some of these agency people really do not care what negative damage they do and seem to have very little sense of fairness and respect. But I bet they would be the first to look down on their 'cousin' (in a moral sense) criminals!!
comment by Ruth Medlock
There seem to be similar comments to my situation and I would also be grateful for clarification - I have been employed through an agency since July 2009 here and am told I have no rights for permanent employment, etc - have had holiday hourly rate increased as a result of AWR, but am told no rights to the flexible benefits payout even though are contractual when employees start - also no rights to apply for jobs - recruitment freeze as an NDPB. Would be good to know if I have more rights as an employee?
comment by pat brown
I have worked as a Bank Receptionist at a Health Clinic for 1 year on a regular basis, some months working more hours covering holidays etc., What are my holiday entitlements and sick entitlements.
comment by Janet
I think Agy should be banned as companies and the Agy take temps for granted. You get no pension. And they can get rid of you too easily. Cut is ow law that after 12 weeks work you will be paid at the same rate perm equiv are paid. Certainly with non Agy they have to offer. Interact after 12 weeks of work.
comment by Janet
I think Agy should be banned as companies and the Agy take temps for granted. You get no pension. And they can get rid of you too easily. Cut is ow law that after 12 weeks work you will be paid at the same rate perm equiv are paid. Certainly with non Agy they have to offer. Interact after 12 weeks of work.
comment by Nel Williams
I have been working at a school, on a temporary basis, through an agency since May 2011. They asked me to come back after the summer holiday before the school broke up in July 2011, which I was more than happy to do. My question is; I am entitled to holiday pay from the school over the xmas period as I have in there employment since before the ! Oct 2011
comment by garry sexton
i have worked continuous for over 2 years at the same company through an agency am i entitled to be given a full time position?
comment by norman
Hello, I have a question about temporary work. I have been working as a temp for the same company through Aimco for over a three months now. Am I entitled to permanent employement at this company, and what is the legislation. Is for example the company obliged to hire me after a certain maximum time working for them?
comment by roshan
Hi, I am working full time on a temp contract for 21 months , they didn't send any letter for more 17 months but now they have sent me a letter that I am still temporary though they have recently hired two people on permanent basis in same position. Is this fair? My contract is ending soon.I am worried what to do.....
comment by Natalie
Hi, i have been working for the same company for over a year now, this is on a temp contract through a agency, another temp started here around 4-5 month ago, he has come here with no past experience. i have almost 10 years experience in my role. My boss called me into the office to say they needed to get rid of one of us and that person is me. The reason he gave was not acceptable and came across very sexist.is this fair? and should i have the chance to be set on perm after 1 year?
comment by Mcken
Ive Ben working as a nurse in nhs for three years and almost same time working nhsp as substantive post. After I resigned my full time job , I still did carried on working with nhsp as bank nurse on my own time for two years. Two months ago, they terminated or stopped me from working for the reason of requiring me to re apply externally as i resigned already from my full time job. So I need to go through the process of applications. Though I was given two months extensions to process but this was not enough. Being stopped from work as my main source of income caused a lot of stress. Is this my fault for thier failure to monitor people who are still entitled to work or need re applying both the hosp and hospital bank agency for allowing me to work for two years until noticed. I'm hoping somebody could give me advice about this , of I have some rights to employment and unfair cessation Fromm work. I'm finally zing all my requirements but still taking ages maybe I can go back to work. Do I have a legal rights under employment act ? Do I have to file this to employment tribunal? Thanks a lot for the opportunity to express my sentiments. Hoping for your positive replies. Thanks a lot.
comment by Chris walker
Does a company have to give you a permanent contract after a certain amount of time as a temp???
comment by Darren Vogan
\HI, I have worked as an agency in the same company for 2 and a half years, they have no intentions of getting rid of me because there is a world of work for years to come and the company is actually growing more and more. i am also on alot less pay than my co-workers. So i have a couple of questions : 1. do i have to work 12 weeks come the 1st october to recieve the same pay? 2. am i intitled to all bonus's 3. can they keep me agency forever or is there finally a time limit as of when they have to employ me?
comment by dave o neill
iv worked at one place for last 10 months, do i have to work another 12 weeks to get same pay etc from 1st oct 2011
comment by mmcmahon
Hi i have been covering another employee's job roles since they have been off, should i be entitled to more money for doing this?
comment by Chris Oram
Hi I started my presant job on the agency & after an interview 10 months in I was given a fixed term contract of upto 12 months but I was not took on for a futher 4 months because we were waiting for a C.B check. I have now been give a finish date of the 30th of sept 11, but at the same time told to attend an interview for the same job on the 5th oct 11, there is another lad involved who has been there for 10 months is this right & fair , thank you hope you can help.
comment by debbie pye
Yet another question about temp work. I have been working for the Local Authority through Talent Recruitment agency for 3 years 3 months now. Do I have any rights to a permanant position? They are currently advertising the post internally to people at risk. Regards
comment by debbie pye
Yet another question about temp work. I have been working for the Local Authority through Talent Recruitment agency for 3 years 3 months now. Do I have any rights to a permanant position? They are currently advertising the post internally to people at risk. Regards
comment by Douglas Hope
I'm in a quandary i thought the law was supposed to be changing soon I have worked for a company now through an agency for well over 12 months and its been extended again THE QUESTION:- is there any limits you are at 1 place before they will take you of permanently? if at all you receive any benefits from working with that company that 'normal' employees get? Thanks Duggy
comment by louisa
HI, I have been working for the same company for 9 years this year in May 2010 I took on the role as a acting deputy Service Manger. Since then this is has not been reviewed. Where do I stand with this becoming a perment position. I was under the impression that after 1 year I am entiltled to this job if it had not been reviewed and they had no issues with my work. I am not covering for anyone and the company is making no attempts to look for anyone else. Looking forward to your reply Many thanks Louisa 15th Sept 2011
comment by Ghazala Malik
I have worked as a agency social worker for a local authority for the past 2 yrs. Could you tell me what my rights are to be offered a permenant post within this local authority.
comment by Michael
Hi i have been a contractor for two years now n still not been oferd a permanent possion is this right we have been told there is work till 2020 look forward to here from u thanks
comment by Ash Maman
Hi I have been acting up for now 2 years in my current role which is a higher grade than my substantive post. Correct me if I am wrong but does the Employment Law not give me rights to this job after 2 years if there are empty posts available within the organisations structure? I look forward to hearing from you.
comment by reena
Hi i was given a 3month contract to cover merternity, however now the company is not busy and want to terminate this before to 3months can they do this? ther was no probation period or notice period agreed just a 3month contract?
comment by Steve
Hi, For the Past Two and half years, I have been, Loyalaly and Continuiously, Working in a so called temporary position, and NOT Missed a day off, sick, Last week I was told, that due to Cutbacks in that company, Myself and Three other Temporary workers that have only Been with the Company for 6 weeks Have to go, Last Week, I was Ordered to leave the Company, But the other Workers that have only been with the company for the Six Weeks were told to remain till further notice, I drove a Mini Bus for the said company, I have All my Driving qualifications,HGV,PCV,ect,the other three temporary workers, only have a basic Driving licence, with No,, Extra Qualifications as I have, I have Been told By the Management of the company I have No Rights, And I say I do, The management refered me back to the agency, and they told me I have No Rights to Appeal and I have to Accept the Situation,is this Correct,????????????
comment by Helen Furlong
I have worked for a company for two years as part time, I was given a full time position five months ago on the agreement that it was a one month trial to see if there is enough work for me,it has now been five months and although I have asked for a full time possition the only responce I get is that a desision is still yet to be made, I have been told that as I only work 32 hours per week I am classed as temp part time and am not entitled to any holiday pay,I am a mother of three and would really like to spend time with my children in the summer holidays as I am on minimum wadge I can not afford to take the time off.
comment by Jud
Hi I have been working on a perm contract part time for 4 years for the first 2 years I worked extra hours as required but in Sep 2009 I worked 4 ays a week then from April 2010 I have worked full time 5 days a week so that 15 months in total. The company I work for always set seasonal workers on April to July on a temporary full time basis they have done this this year but now they have reduced mine and a colleagues hours from full time to 2 days a week without notice but they have kept the temporary worker on full time it feels like we have been finished to make way fro this other worker is this right or do I have a right to object to this treatment i have never had a complaint about my work Thanks
comment by eva
Hello, sound like there is no human rights and no help for people on temp status.I could say does gov can't really do anything for people like us? we are people and we go trough emotional brake down when we have been overlookt everytime when company takes on permenant some one else who wasn't there even year of service. I am working for company 3 years now and I don't get on with manager and he is stoping me to get perminant contract.By law , they don't employ me longer then year they keep braking me contract for two weeks and invites me to come back ! Now it is 3 years I been working for same company!
comment by eva
Hello, sound like there is no human rights and no help for people on temp status.I could say does gov can't really do anything for people like us? we are people and we go trough emotional brake down when we have been overlookt everytime when company takes on permenant some one else who wasn't there even year of service. I am working for company 3 years now and I don't get on with manager and he is stoping me to get perminant contract.By law , they don't employ me longer then year they keep braking me contract for two weeks and invites me to come back ! Now it is 3 years I been working for same company!
comment by eva
Hello, sound like there is no human rights and no help for people on temp status.I could say does gov can't really do anything for people like us? we are people and we go trough emotional brake down when we have been overlookt everytime when company takes on permenant some one else who wasn't there even year of service. I am working for company 3 years now and I don't get on with manager and he is stoping me to get perminant contract.By law , they don't employ me longer then year they keep braking me contract for two weeks and invites me to come back ! Now it is 3 years I been working for same company!
comment by Caroline Hirst
I have been working at a company for over 9 months they keep extending my contact, are there obliged to take me on full time or can they just keep re-newing my contract.
comment by mark dodson
i have been as a temp through an agency for nearly five years now? should i have been offered a permanent position by now??
comment by A Mechehoud
I am working in public sector as permanent officer since 2005 , on the 01/06/2009 i was prometed as temporary acting supervisor. in my contract there is only a start date and the contract has never been reviewd. I want to know if by law if this job has to be permanent now as i was told after two years i became automatically permanent.
comment by graham cocks
I have worked for the same company directly on a temporary basis since february 2010,i am expected to do the same work as someone receiving £80 more per week ,thats a week wages per month is this right ? do i have any rights on this ? or do i have to grin and bear it ?
comment by lucy jenkins
I am currently on a short term contract with a company. Unfortunately, cuts need to be made and I am worried about my future. Will the company terminate my employment before any permanent member of staff or do I have the same rights?
comment by Neil Davidson
Hi! I have been working full time on a 1 year contract with the civil service, the contract was extended 6 months which is about to run out again but we are being told it might be extended another 6 months. how long can the civil service do this and dont you think they would be better taking on full time permanent staff.
comment by george hamilton
i have a full time contract with my employer as a site co ordinator.i have worked with them for 7 yrs i was made a site co ordinator 4yrs ago and was in a post for over a year when i was asked to take over another post.after three years they have told me i have to go back to my original post as someone else has been offered my job that i have been doing can they move me out of my job to put someone else in
comment by D Martin
Hi i would just like to know how long can my employer keep me on a month to month contract
comment by William Baron
I have been employed by local government for the past 8 years on an 'as & when' contract. For the past 2 years I have been working over a 40 hour week average. I would like to know what accrude rights do I have and what current contract should I be on?
comment by Dianne Froggatt
I have been temping with the same agency for almost three years and have worked in the same department for just over 2 years. Mostly on the same section doing the same job but have probably had different administration titles. There is now no more work, I was finished on 12th November and have been still on their books waiting for work. However, I have just received my P45 from them with no letter of explanation or thank you for your services. I feel annoyed and upset that they have treated me like this. I want to know what my rights are please.
comment by Matt
I have been employed as a temporary worker since March 2009. My counterpart is now on a permanent contract. Due to a companywide ‘initiative’ the company processed pay cuts to all of its temporary staff of 13%. I have not signed the new temporary contract yet and as such my pay is unaffected. Can anyone explain the legalities of this to me, obviously if I sign it I am agreeing to it. I am employed by an agency which is owned by the company I work for if that makes any difference and I have been employed for a total of 21 months at present. Do the company have the right to remove me if I do not sign the contract or am I justified in keeping the same salary and benefits as my counterpart who does exactly the same job but is on a permanent contract? Any help would be appreciated.
comment by Paul Hamilton
I have been working for my employer for 2.5 years and they keep renewing my contract with 6month contract with an extension to 51 weeks. Can you help?
comment by Oliver
My daughter is working for a large well-known national company that seems to be hiring many of its staff these days on short-term contracts. She started off with a 9 month contracted that was extended for a further 2 months. Just before this expired she was given a further 3 month contract. This was due to expire last week, but at the last minute she was given a further extension for 2 months. This means that by Christmas she will have been working continuously for them for a total of 16 months. She is given holiday entitlements and is paid the same as a permanent member of staff, but what other rights does she have? At what stage must they give her a permanent staff contract?
comment by tony
This might help explain things; Under the Fixed-term Employees (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations, any employee who has been on a fixed-term contract for four or more years (excluding any period before 10 July 2002) will usually be classed in law as a permanent employee if their contract is renewed, or if they are re-engaged on a new fixed-term contract. The only exemptions to this are when employment on a further fixed-term contract is objectively justified to achieve a legitimate aim, eg a genuine business aim that can be objectively justified, and is also a necessary and an appropriate way to achieve that aim objective, or the period of four years has been lengthened under a collective or workplace agreement. These regulations do not apply to apprentices, students on work experience of a year or less or people on certain training courses and temporary work schemes. SOURCE: <a href="http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/detail?itemId=1073793880&type=RESOURCES" rel="nofollow">http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/detail?itemId=1073793880&type=RESOURCES</a>
comment by Lou
To those asking how long you can be employed on a temporary contract before it has to be made permanent, I'm pretty sure it's 4years, and then it automatically goes over to a permanent contract!
comment by jamima
I have been working for the same company on a full time temporary contract. I am completing my third year going into my forth. Is there a law stating after completing a third year that the person should be made permanent? The work I was brought into do has increased from one internet Content Management System (CMS) project to 6 very large CMS projects, 2 of which having a large number of sub campaigns branching off year round. It is frustrating as I am on minimum wage which does not reflect the work I do. I have questioned my pay in relation to my role a number of times but receive excuses in return. I want to take it further but I am scared they may terminate my contract. I would like to know at which point i am entitled to a permanent contract. Thanks
comment by jamima
I have been working for the same company on a full time temporary contract. I am completing my third year going into my forth. Is there a law stating after completing a third year that the person should be made permanent? The work I was brought into do has increased from one internet Content Management System (CMS) project to 6 very large CMS projects, 2 of which having a large number of sub campaigns branching off year round. It is frustrating as I am on minimum wage which does not reflect the work I do. I have questioned my pay in relation to my role a number of times but receive excuses in return. I want to take it further but I am scared they may terminate my contract. I would like to know at which point i am entitled to a permanent contract. Thanks
comment by Diane
My husband has been working through an agency for the local council since December 2009. In July 2010 the council said they were changing his contract from agency to temporary contract with the council, until April 2011. He has heard nothing since. Now the council are saying there are going to be changes and my husband has been asked to show someone else how he does his job. It seems like he will be losing his job very soon. Does he have any rights? We would appreciate your advice. Thanks
comment by Adil
Hi i have a question. i have been working in the same company for almost 3 years and i have been temporary staff i have seen the Permanent staff which are on contracts they got pay raise and bonuses but i never got anything even i have asked them few times, and i feel so stressed about this. I heard that when a temporary staff works more then 6 months in the same company they change to permanent staff automatically is that right? And which kind of rights i have? Please help me with my questions as I’m really stressed and I’m trying to find my rights.
comment by JOHANNES RANGAKA
IM JST WORKING FOR A COMPANY ON A FIXED TERM AND FOR 9MONTHS NW. I JST WANT TO KNOW HOW LONG SHOULD I KEEP EXTERNDING THE CONTRACT AND WAT NOTICE SHOULD THE COMPANY GIVE ME BEFORE THE TERMINATION OF CONTRACT??
comment by chris graham
hi,, I have the same question about temporary work. I have been working as a temp for the same company for over a year. I do not work for an agency but am employed directly through the company i work for. How long can i be employed as a temp before i have to be made permanent? thanks chris
comment by Pete
Hi, Pretty much the same question everyone has been asking, I heard a rumour that there is a new european law that states that an employer should offer a permanent job prior ro you reacing your one year anniversary with the company, is this correct?
comment by Sue
If I am employed on a temporary contract do I have to give notice if offered a permanent position elsewhere?
comment by Nicholas Guymer
Where does an employer stand in an employee retiring from a specific role after thirty years yet continuing to work without a break in service but on an agreed temporary basis? E.g. if after twelve months that employee's services are then dispensed with is there any redundancy implication?
comment by Adam Bannister
I'm not qualified to answer these questions, although I did try to find out on Google, but failed I'm afraid. We provide advice to businesses rather than employees, so I would recommend you have a look on the ACAS or DirectGov websites, and maybe email them about this. Sorry I couldnt help more than this.
comment by Terry
Hi i've been acting as a manager for 4 years know,i know the company has vacancies,do i have a case that i should be made substansive to the grade i'm holding at present
comment by Adrian Ruston
Hi. I've just completed 12 months on a temporary contract. Could you please confirm how long my employer can continue to keep me on a temporary contract before terminating my role or requiring to offer me a permenant position by law ?
comment by Barry Sharkey
hi,same question as quite a few others,is there a period of working for an agency after which you are entitled to a full-time job,Thanks.
comment by Chris Wood
How long can an employer keep on renewing a fixed-term contract? UK LAW An employee can be kept on successive fixed-term contracts for a limit of four years. If your contract is renewed after that you become a permanent employee. This is unless the employer can show a good reason why you should stay on a fixed-term contract. Only service from 10 July 2002 is counted towards the four-year limit. The four-year limit was introduced to prevent employers abusing the use of successive fixed-term contracts to limit employees' employment rights. The limit can be changed by employers and employees agreeing a 'workforce' or 'collective' agreement. This agreement should then provide an alternative scheme for preventing the abuse of fixed-term contracts. Workplace or collective agreements can vary the limit on the length or number of successive contracts used by an employer. They can also limit the use of successive contracts and set a list of reasons to justify renewals of fixed-term contracts.
comment by Samantha Wilson
I have been working for a Temp Agency but with the same organisation for 8 months. Is there a law or something that says I should become a permanent member of staff. Or how long temping for the same organisation should they offer you a permanent position. If at all.
comment by Connie
I have been working temporary through an agency for the same company for 2 years now, my contract keeps being renewed every 6 months. Are the company obliged to hire me permanently after a certain time or amount of contracts?
comment by Sid
I have a similar question. I have been working in a temporary position for over two years. My post is to be made permanent and advertised to the public. Does working for over two years give me any right to this permenant position?
comment by aurelian firta
Hi.I have been working as a temporary worker for an agency for over 6 months in diferent locations and jobs,but the agency never told me the work period and when i will finish the job(i always find this in the last day from the company where i was send to work).Do i have the right to know this?
comment by Sarah Long
I'm not sure if anyone is anwsering these questions but if so then I have one. I have been working as a contractor for almost 2 years and today hav just found out that another contractor is not having her contract renewed this year as she will have been there 3 years and cannot continue working at the same company for any longer. As you can imagine all the other contractors are a bit worried as we are admins and have been told we are on "rolling contracts" but are worried that we'll all be told the same when we hit 3 years! Is this right? I can see above that some people have worked as temps for much longer than 3 years so what's going on? Do we have rights here or do we just have to go with what they say?
comment by william king
Hello, I have a question about temporary part time work contract. I have been working on a 3 month temp contract for the same company for over a year now. Am I entitled to a permanent part time work contract at this company, and what is the legislation. Is for example should the company offer me a permanent contract after a certain time working for them or should they terminate my contract, do they have the right to keep on offering me a temp contract as long as they wish ? Thanks
comment by Jim Dickson
I work for an oil company who have hired an agency medic on a 1 on / 4 off schedule... He has been employed for 2 years, but my colleague, who is more senior than me, would like to have him replaced because of the administrative mistakes he has made. I have pointed out that he should be first given a verbal warning, and then a written warning before he can be removed from the job, but my colleague disagrees, because the person works for an agency. Is this true> Regards Jim Dickson
comment by Richard Diamond
I have worked for the same company for 8 years as a Temp, where do I stand? Richard
comment by Phil Lavender
I have a friend who has been working for Makita on a temporary contract for over 4yrs now & so I would like to know as to what rights he has & also what is the length of temporary contracts before the employer MUST make it permanent?
comment by Phil Lavender
I have a friend who has been working for Makita on a temporary contract for over 4yrs now & so I would like to know as to what rights he has & also what is the length of temporary contracts before the employer MUST make it permanent?
comment by Phil Lavender
I have a friend who has been working for Makita on a temporary contract for over 4yrs now & so I would like to know as to what rights he has & also what is the length of temporary contracts before the employer MUST make it permanent?
comment by Helen McGlinchey
I have been working temporary as an Administrative assistant in a college for two years and five months. My post was made permanent but advertised to the public. I didn't get the post and am baffled as I did a good job and never recieved any complaints. Does working for over two years give me any right to a permenant position?
comment by Lexi
I have been working for a Company for nearly 4 years on a Temp Contract.Next year they will make me redundant saying there is no permanent position, yet still employ people that started last year for another 3 years, whom i and my colleagues in the same boat had trained up to do our jobs...do we have any address.
comment by rosemary sailes
hi, I to have the same problem i have worked as a temp for almost 2 years in the SEELB here in Northern Ireland covering for a person on long term sick. the person has since resigned (feb 2009) Can you help as i have been told i have NO rights as an agency worker.
comment by jason templeman
Hi, I have a question about temporary work. I have been working as a temp for the same company for over a year. Am I entitled to perm position in this company after a certain maximum time working for them? Thanks Jason
comment by Natalie Stonebrige
Hi, I have a similar question to the other two asked previously by other people - I've been working at a company for 8 months now, and it is now looking like I will have to leave in about another 3 months due to permanent staff from another department being given our temp positions. If I were to pass the 1 year period would I then qualify to be given a permanent position? And also, do I qualify for anything at the moment having worked here for 8 months. Regards, Natalie
comment by Paul Collings
Hi, I have the same question about temporary work. I have been working as a temp for the same company for over a year. Am I entitled to permanent wages at this company and is the company obliged to hire me after a certain maximum time working for them? Thanks Paul
comment by catherine klado
Hello, I have a question about temporary work. I have been working as a temp for the same company through Adecco for over a year now. Am I entitled to permanent employement at this company, and what is the legislation. Is for example the company obliged to hire me after a certain maximum time working for them? Thanks for your answer Regards

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