The Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (AWR) entitle agency workers to ‘Day one’ rights, one of which is the right to be informed of any relevant vacancies during their assignment. The AWR regulation 13 (1) states; ‘An agency worker has during an assignment the right to be informed by the hirer of any relevant vacant posts with the hirer, to give that agency worker the same opportunity as a comparable worker to find permanent employment with the hirer.’
In this case, although the claimants were notified of the vacancies, they could only apply for vacancies when they were advertised externally. If they did apply, they were then in competition with external applicants. The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) found that while the agency workers had ‘Day one’ rights to be informed of any relevant vacancies, they did not hold the same rights as directly-recruited employees regarding the right to apply for and be considered for internal vacancies.
This important clarification should be of comfort to many employers.
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