21 February 2008
Employers 'divided' over agency worker employment rights
UK employers are divided over the issue of employment rights for temporary agency workers, new figures suggest.
According to research published by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and KPMG, while 27 per cent of firms believe agency workers should qualify for the same employment rights as staff on permanent contracts, 37 per cent stated such rights would have a negative impact on their organisation.
The survey was conducted in response to a bill, due to come before parliament tomorrow (February 22nd), which proposes a regulatory regime to protect the rights of workers employed through agencies on a short-term basis.
Commenting on the proposals, CIPD chief economist John Philpott stated: "Though people who continue to find employment as agency workers would be better off, the policy would make it somewhat more difficult for jobless people to take the agency route into the workplace."