Where I work, agency staff are paid more than full time staff. is this allowed?

Yes. Your contract of employment will contain an express term specifying your rate of pay, which is a matter of agreement between you and your employer. In accepting the contract of work, you also accept the pay rate offered.

As long as you are offered at least the National Minimum Wage and your pay rate does not conflict with Equal Pay legislation between men and women doing the same job, your employer is free to offer different pay scales and patterns, based on other factors such as:

In the case of agency workers, the pay rates are a matter for your employer and the agency concerned to negotiate. A higher hourly and daily rate for agency staff may reflect the fact that these workers must make themselves available at short notice, miss out on benefits available to directly employed staff, such as contractual sick pay or contractual maternity pay, or a redundancy payment when the assignment comes to an end, and that, in between each assignment, agency workers may not be getting paid.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.