Guide

Employment agencies and employment businesses

Introduction

If you are setting up a business to help people find work then it is likely your business is either an employment agency or an employment business or both.

When setting up a business you must follow the normal business start-up rules. When running an employment agency or business you must also comply with two specific pieces of legislation - the Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (as amended) and the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2005 (as amended).

All UK employers must also be aware of their responsibility to check each prospective workers' eligibility to work in the UK.

This guide will explain the difference between employment agencies and employment businesses and set out the key rules and obligations under the employment agency legislation that you will need to comply with.