Working Time Regulations (WTR)

The Working Time Regulations Act 1998 is designed with your health and safety in mind. The following is a brief summary of the regulations:

Working Hours

Under the terms of your contract you are not required to work any set hours. However, where you are working on assignments for Select, under the Working Time Regulations Act 1998, you should not be required to work more than an average of 48 hours per week over a 17 week period, unless you agree to do so in writing. Although temporary or contract work is all about flexibility and from time to time companies may want you to work for longer hours, you are under no obligation to do so.

Rest Breaks

You are entitled to 11 hours rest from work in each 24 hour period. The company to which you are assigned should allow you a break from work of 20 minutes, if your assignment lasts for more than 6 hours a day. If it is practical, you should take this away from your work station. You should make arrangements with the employer about rest and lunch breaks.

Night Work

If you are asked to work at night (between 11pm and 6am) you should not work for more than 8 hours in every 24, averaged over 17 weeks (or however many weeks you have worked if it is less than 17 weeks)

Weekly Rest

You are entitled to a minimum of 1 day’s rest from work each week, or 2 days every 2 weeks

For more information on WTR – contact your local Select consultant or visit

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