More and more employers are recognising the value of temps, so there is often high demand. Temps may be paid more than an equivalent permanent employee and because temporary pay is based on an hourly rate, the more hours you work, the more you get paid.
Under the Working Time Regulations, temporary workers are entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks' paid annual leave. There are also conditional entitlements to sick pay when you're a temp. Make sure you ask us about holiday, sick pay and maternity pay entitlements before you start work.
Tax and National Insurance
As a temp, you're taxable under the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme. However, some contractors, particularly in skilled and professional roles, choose to work through a limited company or an umbrella company. IR-35 legislation affects many contractors, therefore, we would recommend you seek professional advice.
The Agency Workers Regulations
The Agency Workers Regulations came into force in October 2011 and ensures that temporary workers employed for more than 12 weeks receive the same basic pay and employment conditions as permanent staff. It entitles temporary workers to the same rate of hourly pay as permanent employees and this includes overtime, shift allowances, unsocial hours premiums, dangerous duty bonuses and commission payments. It does, however, exclude sick pay, pensions and bonus payments, based on organisational performance.