Last checked: 02/01/2023

Temporary agency work

Equal working conditions

When employing temporary agency staff, you must give them at least the same basic working/employment conditions as your permanent staff. This includes pay, duration of working time, overtime, breaks, rest periods, night shifts and holidays. You must guarantee them the same access to the collective facilities available to your permanent staff, such as canteens, childcare facilities, and transport services unless there are objective reasons for differential treatment.

You should inform the temporary agency staff if any vacancy arises. Once their temporary assignment has finished, you can recruit the staff member directly if you wish.


Some limited derogations are allowed under strict circumstances, such as:

Health and safety

Before they start work, you must inform your temporary agency employees of any possible risks involved in the job they will undertake, including any special qualifications, skills or medical surveillance needed.


In Belgium, Croatia, France, Greece, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, you cannot use temporary agency workers for certain jobs which are considered particularly dangerous to their health and safety, such as works which involve breaking up or removing asbestos, using fumigants, exposure to radiations or to substances which are carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic.

EU legislation

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