"Angard is an in-house recruitment agency owned by Royal Mail
Group. In common with other large companies, Royal Mail recruits temporary workers
though an in-house agency together with other providers. This is standard practice in UK
industry and enables us to keep a tight grip on our costs"
Agency workers have always been used long term at our RDC.
In November 2016 71 new staff were recruited on a 6 month contracts (Now I month rolling) on various hours over different shifts, Also P.T. Permanent were given the option to go Full Time. This action was attributed to the 2016 survey "We Listened"
This resulted in the early shift gaining 500+ hours while still requiring Agency (Angard) & an availability of overtime.
However since then 200+ hours on the early shift have been LOST due to Transfers e.t.c. .
When I pointed out to my line manager the number of LOST hours he replied "SAVED HOURS". So it appears the hours will be filled by O.T. & engaging Angard workers.
As most Angard workers used are on AWR higher rate I am asking How are Angard workers more cost effective.
The agenda for growth’ states “
“Agency staff are only intended to cover short term, no more than 12 weeks….”
The national joint statement - Growth, efficiency & incentives- affirms the objective of local review;
To reduce agency & casual staff
….To increase part time contractual hours to reflect the hours actually worked & planned