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Temporary Workers Handbook
Working Time Regulations 1998

General Rules: Working Time Regulations

The Working Time Regulations are intended to promote the health and wellbeing of all workers. Your health and safety is important to us and we believe it is important for you to understand the regulations.

The regulations provide these basic rights and protections for adult workers (aged 18 or over):

Legal Breaks

Rest breaks at work - Workers have the right to one uninterrupted 20-minute rest break during their working day if they work more than 6 hours a day. This could be a tea or lunch break. The break doesn’t have to be paid - it depends on the employment contract.

Daily rest - Workers have the right to 11 hours of rest between working days. So for example, if you finish work at 8pm, you shouldn’t start work again until 7am the next day.

Weekly rest - Workers have the right to either:

  • An uninterrupted 24 hours without any work each week or
  • An uninterrupted 48 hours without any work each fortnight

Your line manager will inform you of any extra breaks you may be entitled to take. Hours will vary from assignment to assignment, but you will be informed of these prior to starting the assignment. If you are a driver, please refer to the driver’s handbook for additional guidance on working hours.

Work Week Limit

Workers have the right to a limit of working up to 48 hours a week, averaged over a 17-week reference period, although as a temporary worker, you can choose to work more if you want to.

If you want to work for more than 48 hours a week you will be required to sign an opt-out agreement, which you can cancel at any time. This is stated under Regulation 4 of the above Act. Where relevant your consultant will discuss this with you. The 48 hours mentioned here includes the total number of hours worked in any job, not just those worked with us.  So if you have registered with other agencies please let us know. 

General Rules: Working Time Regulations

The Working Time Regulations are intended to promote the health and wellbeing of all workers. Your health and safety is important to us and we believe it is important for you to understand the regulations.

The regulations provide these basic rights and protections for adult workers (aged 18 or over):

Legal Breaks

Rest breaks at work - Workers have the right to one uninterrupted 20-minute rest break during their working day if they work more than 6 hours a day. This could be a tea or lunch break. The break doesn’t have to be paid - it depends on the employment contract.

Daily rest - Workers have the right to 11 hours of rest between working days. So for example, if you finish work at 8pm, you shouldn’t start work again until 7am the next day.

Weekly rest - Workers have the right to either:

  • An uninterrupted 24 hours without any work each week or
  • An uninterrupted 48 hours without any work each fortnight

Your line manager will inform you of any extra breaks you may be entitled to take. Hours will vary from assignment to assignment, but you will be informed of these prior to starting the assignment. If you are a driver, please refer to the driver’s handbook for additional guidance on working hours.

Work Week Limit

Workers have the right to a limit of working up to 48 hours a week, averaged over a 17-week reference period, although as a temporary worker, you can choose to work more if you want to.

If you want to work for more than 48 hours a week you will be required to sign an opt-out agreement, which you can cancel at any time. This is stated under Regulation 4 of the above Act. Where relevant your consultant will discuss this with you. The 48 hours mentioned here includes the total number of hours worked in any job, not just those worked with us.  So if you have registered with other agencies please let us know.