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Agency workers 'a very attractive option' for law firms

Published: Friday, 04 July 2008   Category: Life after graduation

A Manchester-based lawyer claims agency workers will still be in demand with employers despite planned changes to rules regarding their work conditions.

Temporary workers who have worked in a role for twelve weeks will get the same pay and holiday entitlements under new rules outlined in a new EU directive, potentially benefitting recent graduates bridging the gap between leaving university and starting a full-time graduate job, reports bytestart.co.uk.

Mace & Jones partner Phil Allen says agency workers remain "a very attractive option" for growing businesses and those industries with a skills shortage.

He adds: "Critically they provide employers with flexibility and avoid costly contractual obligations that kick in when permanent staff are made redundant – which of course is a major consideration in the current economic climate."

Mr Allen does however warn employers to be aware of increased rights for agency staff, which he claims will include anti-discrimination laws.

There are approximately 1.4 million agency workers in the UK, according to the BBC.
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