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Hiring seasonal staff - what you need to know

There are several options for business needing to secure extra staff for the seasonal rush, ranging from employees on fixed-term contracts to part-time workers and even casual employment of friends and family. Employers hiring agency staff over Christmas also need to be aware of recent changes to the law on agency workers. The new Agency Worker Regulations (AWR) entitle agency staff to the same employment and working conditions as comparable permanent staff after 12 weeks of service.

Keeping motivation and productivity high over a very busy period can also be a challenge. Good seasonal staff can play a crucial role in helping your business capitalise on the Christmas rush, so it's worth exploring the use of incentives such as overtime payments, productivity bonuses and staff discounts to keep morale up and build loyalty to your business.

Acas offers new businesses advice and support on staff recruitment and retention, helping to clarify your legal rights and responsibilities as an employer and ensuring that you get the best performance from your staff.

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