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The Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) came into force October 1 2011, giving agency workers entitlement to the same basic employment and working conditions as if they had been recruited directly, if and when they complete a qualifying period of 12 weeks in the same job.

It is not retrospective and for those agency workers already on assignment, the 12 week qualifying period starts from October 1 2011.

We have been working with the REC legal team, DfE Quality Mark team, our payroll companies and IT support for a number of months to ensure a smooth start from October 1.

A key point to note with the AWR legislation is the agency worker needs to be paid what the hirer (school) would reasonably pay somebody as a permanent member of staff. It is not directly related to your qualifications and experience.

A*Star Teachers works to ensure that ALL our agency workers are paid at least what a permanent member of staff would be paid for the role.

We have the correct pay rates and systems in place to provide extremely robust best practice in meeting AWR compliance with minimum inconvenience to our teachers and schools.

In order to meet best practice in AWR Compliance we have made a small change to our timesheet.

  • Section 1 asks you to circle the Job Title which best suits the role the timesheet refers to.
  • Section 2 asks you to mark an X if you have worked for this school through another agency since October 1, 2011.

Full guidance can be found on the AWR website.

If you have any questions/concerns please email AWR@astarteachers.com (please include your contact number).

Please see bottom of website for AWR Timesheet.