TUC reports show agency workers are paid far less than permanent staff
According to a report by the TUC, agency workers are being paid an average of £135 a week less than permanent workers doing the same job. The discrepancy is a consequence of a loophole in the Agency Workers’ Directive that many, including those in government, are saying should be shut.
Hiring lots of temporary workers is unsettling for the permanent staff as colleagues come and go regularly and it creates a lot of ill-feeling as a divide appears between the temporary workers and the salaried employees. Hopefully new regulations will be put in place to limit the advantages that temps provide firms at the moment so that these job roles can be put out as permanent positions.
According to the TUC report migrants are over-represented in the one million agency workers currently employed in the UK, especially in business sectors like logistics and call centres.
Ed Miliband has already said that he will work with businesses to end this practice so we hope to bring you a follow up story sometime soon.