Agency work and commitment.
The use of agency workers and the effects on commitment of permanent staff and agency workers in Sweden, Holland and the UK
Legalised in 1993, the use of agency workers is a relatively new phenomenon is Sweden. Temporary agency work has increased rapidly in most OECD countries, including Sweden, during the last two decades. In the Netherlands and in the UK, where temporary work agencies have existed for several decades, a considerable increase in the number of agency workers took place in the 1990s and stabilised in the 2000s. The proportion of agency workers accounts for around one or two per cent of all workers in most EU countries. The impact of agency work on the labour market should not, however, be underestimated. Even though the proportion of agency workers is low, the proportion of workplaces using agency workers is considerable,