Agency Workers Regulations

What’s it all about?

The Agency Workers Regulations are basically designed to make sure contractors and temporary workers are treated fairly. As a result, recruiters and end clients have to make sure the working and employment conditions of these individuals are protected.

What do the rules mean?

AWR states that end clients need to provide all agency workers with access to the following benefits from day one:

  • Collective facilities and amenities such as a canteen, childcare facilities and transport facilities
  • Information about relevant permanent vacancies

In addition, either you as a recruiter or the agency worker themselves should choose an employment model that suits their needs.

Here are the two employment contracts that we offer your contractors:

1. Match Permanent Pay (MPP)

This option provides your workers with the same rate as permanent employees once they’ve been on assignment for 12 weeks. When using this model, comparator data will need to be supplied either by the end client or yourselves.

2. Swedish Derogation

Our second option provides additional benefits to your contractors, including pay between assignments and help finding their next contract. If they choose this model, they won’t be entitled to receive the same rate of pay as a permanent employee.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the two models and what they offer:

AWR Table

What does AWR mean for recruitment agencies?

As a recruiter, you’re partly responsible for providing temporary workers with equal rights by ensuring that your clients are aware of the AWR rules and by providing us with comparator data for those on MPP contracts. Don’t see this as a problem, as help is at hand if you need it.

A compliant umbrella company, such as Parasol, will have robust procedures in place to give you peace of mind that your contractors are well taken care of – leaving you free to do what you do best.

Why Parasol?

As one of the largest and longest-established companies in the industry, Parasol’s the name you can trust to help out with AWR. We’re a founding member of the Freelancer and Contractor Services Association (FCSA), meaning compliance is at the heart of everything we do.

We know that you don’t want to be shouldered with too much responsibility – that’s why we’re committed to being with you all the way, whenever you need us.

In addition, we understand contractors inside and out, so you can rest assured they’ll be well looked after.

If you’d like more information on AWR, or to contact a member of our agency team, please call 01925 644423 or email

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