The number of UK agency workers is set to reach one million by 2020, according to a report published by the Resolution Foundation. The report, titled “Secret Agents: agency workers in the new world of work”, states that there has been a 30% increase in the number of UK agency workers since 2011, with 865,000 agency workers currently working in the UK.
The report describes agency workers as the “Forgotten face” in the debate around insecure work, highlighting in particular an apparent pay disadvantage, amongst other things. According to the report, a full-time agency worker earns roughly £430 less than their full-time counterpart. In light of the findings, Lindsay Judge, a senior policy analsy, has called on the government to examine these apparent disadvantages.
The government has recently launched a review into the modern employment practices.