agency worker regulations guide our standards.


The Agency Workers Regulations have changed the shape of supply teaching. The regulations came into force on 1st October 2011 and the aim is simple: to give temporary workers equal treatment in the workplace.

Educational establishments and supply staff need to understand the implications of both day one rights and the 12-week qualifying period. On completion of the 12-week qualifying period with a single hirer, temporary workers may be entitled to the same basic working and employment conditions as a permanent employee.

Randstad is committed to working with you to help you interpret the legislation, understand the impact this will have and how you can implement AWR most effectively.

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Randstad is one of the top HR services company in the world and we have over 50 years' experience of supporting clients with new legislation. We have a dedicated AWR project group who, along with our Board of Directors, has helped to shape the recruitment landscape which we hope will be fair for all.

If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your education consultant.

Important news on Agency Workers Regulations

The EU directive that could make lawbreakers of heads 
They risk a £5k fine for flouting new rules on supply teacher pay. Next week, an innocuous sounding piece of European legislation will come into effect that has already led to headteachers being advised on how to work around the law. Read more...

Randstad Education successfully lobbies DfE for AWR clarification 
After highlighting to the DfE that schools and LEAs are urgently craving information regarding the new Agency Workers Regulations (AWR), Randstad Education has successfully obtained clarification which will prove to be a welcome relief to schools, with just three weeks remaining until AWR implementation. Read more...

Education boss raises concerns with BIS about new 'supplementary guidance for agency supply teachers' 
The new Agency Workers Regulation (AWR) is implemented only three weeks after the schools return in September. And, at last, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has released the supplementary guidance for agency supply teachers. Read more...