Agency Workers Regulations and the construction industry
Construction is another sector that’s struggling financially, especially in the public sector.
Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association, stated ‘Construction activity fell in most sectors during the second quarter, with only a small rise in private commercial activity preventing even sharper falls.
“The greatest falls were seen in public non-housing such as education and health and with the public sector spending cuts already taking effect this will only exacerbate the situation.”
In an industry that requires high investment, the recent spending cuts substantially affect how the industry fares and may hinder any potential growth in the future. It is imperative that the Agency Workers Regulations (AWR) do not add to this.
From analysing data from our clients de Poel can see that the average number of weeks a temporary agency worker will be assigned for is little more than the qualifying period, hopefully making the transition to the AWR easier than most industries.
However, temporary agency workers tend to work at a number of locations and are provided by several agencies - this means businesses in the construction industry need to implement a sophisticated tracking system to ensure the qualifying period is accurately calculated.