Migrant Workers


This section is for people coming to work in the UK from the European Union - particularly newer member countries. It gives information about your legal rights while you work here.

Further Information

Employment Agency Standards Inspectorate

If you work for an agency that is treating you badly and you think it might be breaking the law you can report it to the government office that regulates agencies and it’s Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368.

Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC)

Some agencies (usually the better ones) are members of the REC, which sets standards for its members. If your agency has a REC symbol in its offices or on paperwork, you can complain to the REC if you think it is breaking employment law. Tel: 020 7009 2100.

The Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority (GLA)

The GLA operates a licensing and regulation system for agriculture, horticulture, shellfish gathering and associated packaging and processing. You can contact the GLA to find out whether a labour provider is licensed.  The government has plans to extend the remit of the GLA across all sectors of the economy.

EU nationals

The EU's Help and advice for EU nationals and their family website provides information (in all European languages) on living and working around Europe.

Working in the UK

The TUC guide to Working in the UK provides information every worker should know about their rights, such as minimum wage levels, rest breaks and how employment status affects your rights. It is available in 13 languages including Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian, Portuguese and Italian.

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.