Employment agencies and employment businesses
Employment agencies and employment businesses

The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Employment agencies and employment businesses
  • Legislation and guidance
  • Scope of the legislation
  • Personal service companies
  • Requirements before services provided
  • Requirements before work-seeker introduced
  • Charges to hirers
  • General obligations
  • Entertainment and modelling sector
  • Client accounts
  • more

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2019, SI 2019/725, come into force on 6 April 2020. They will amend the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 to require employment businesses to give a key information document to an individual seeking work through the business. The document will have to be given before the business reaches an agreement on terms with that individual. For more information, see: LNB News 29/01/2019 87.

Legislation and guidance

The Employment Agencies Act 1973 (the 'Act') and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003, SI 2003/3319 (the 'Regulations') govern the conduct of the private recruitment industry, and set minimum standards for employment agencies and employment businesses operating from premises in Great Britain (ie England, Wales and Scotland). The Regulations apply where an employment agency or an employment business provides work-finding services to a work-seeker.

The main provisions of the Regulations came into force on 6 April 2004, with a few remaining provisions taking effect from 6 July 2004. The Regulations were amended:

  1. with effect from 6 April 2008, by the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/3575

  2. with effect from 1 October 2010, by the Conduct of Employment Agencies