How long a break between assignments can an agency worker take without bringing continuity of service to an end for the purposes of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010?

An agency worker can have a break of no more than six weeks between assignments with the same hirer without bringing continuity of service to an end for the purposes of the Agency Workers Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/93). The 12-week qualifying period is paused during a break of six weeks or less. For example, if an agency worker has one assignment lasting eight weeks, then has a break of five weeks before starting a new assignment with the same hirer, after four weeks in the new assignment, the worker will have completed the 12-week qualifying period and will be entitled to the same basic employment conditions as a comparable directly recruited employee.