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The circumstances in which Departments choose to engage agency workers, and the agencies used, is a matter for individual Departments to determine.
The Agency Workers Regulations are respected by all departments. However, where agency workers are permanently employed by an agency, contractual arrangements are a matter between the individual and the agency concerned.
Central Government spending on temporary staff has been reduced by stringent spending controls and has contributed to a saving over £1.6 billion in 2012-13 compared to the level of spending in 2009-10.