Agency worker

An agency worker is someone who is supplied by an employment business/agency to work for the hirer under a contract of employment or other such contract as agreed between the employment business/agency and the hirer.

The rules governing agency workers are set out in the Agency Workers Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2011 (see link in the “Relevant legislation” section).  

The Department for the Economy has produced guidance that is designed to help agency workers, hirers of agency workers and the recruitment sector to understand the regulations.

Last updated: 25 June 2019