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5 myths about agency work… busted!

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Ever thought that agency work isn’t for you? Think again. You might be surprised by the range of jobs they have on offer. Here are 5 common myths about recruitment agencies:

MYTH: It’s better to apply for jobs direct.
REALITY: Recruitment agencies often advertise the same jobs as direct employers, on the same contract and the same wages. Starting with an agency, or by using online search platforms like Find a Job (external website) can often be a stepping stone into a permanent job.

MYTH: Temporary staff are treated differently to permanent staff.
REALITY: Recruitment agencies work hard to make sure that temporary workers are treated the same as permanent staff.

MYTH: Agency workers don’t have the same rights as permanent staff.
REALITY: Agency workers have many of the same rights as permanent staff including the right to 28 days’ paid holiday a year (including bank holidays).

MYTH: They won’t consider me because I’ve got no experience.
REALITY: Experience is not always necessary as many agencies offer training. They look for people who are willing to learn and apply themselves.

MYTH: Agency work is always short term with no guarantee of hours.
REALITY: Yes, agency work can be flexible but they are often able to transfer people to permanent contracts and fixed work patterns.

If you can, choose an agency that is a member of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC). They’re covered by a code of practice that ensures high standards. For more information visit the REC (external website).