Can an agency charge me money to find work?

No. An employment agency cannot charge you a fee simply for finding you work, or for putting you on their books. They also cannot insist that you buy other products or services such as CV writing, training, or personal protective equipment (PPE) as a condition of using the work-finding services of the agency.

Employment agencies are meant to make their money from employers who need workers, not from those seeking work. For more information on agencies, see our Agency Workers section.

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