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Employment: Rights

Volume 703: debated on Monday 30 June 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What are the estimated numbers in the United Kingdom of (a) temporary workers (including domestic workers), (b) agency workers, and (c) workers who fall between these two categories; and what are the estimated numbers in each of the above categories who will get extra protection from the proposed United Kingdom legislation implementing the European Union legislation on workers' rights. [HL4110]

The Labour Force Survey estimates the number of temporary workers to be about 1.4 to 1.5 million. The recruitment industry estimates there are about 1 million agency workers. The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform is currently in the process of updating its own estimates, through independent research, of the number of agency workers.