AHh, THanks. I'll have to find out if the agency is an "employment business".
They provide some "training" at the beginning, and agree to waive this if you fulfill your contract - otherwise they charge excessive fees. I guess this is how they prevent people leaving before 2 years. Are they still a "employment business" though? I'm worried that they also have some mechanism for maintaining that they aren't.
leaving my potential employer for 2 months is perhaps a big ask - Can I chip away at the period with current holidays? That is, Can I move allowed holidays to the end of my contracted period in order to bring forward my termination date?
I don't want to tie you up much longer before I'm satisfied, so just one more thing - I got a strange letter from the agency that went as follows:
"New legislation entitled 'Agency Workers Regulations 2010' is effective from 1st Oct 2011. While this is not applicable to your employment, to the extent that it is deemed applicable, by entering into this contract variation you will have no entitlement to rights conferred under Regulation 5 of the AWR insofar as they relate to pay."
The message urged signing it in order to receive a 'variation', which I didn't since the 'variation' was a 1-year pay increase already promised by my current contract. Was this an attempt to trick me into signing away a right I might have (is it legal to make it seem like I had to sign the letter in order to get what I was already contracted to get?)? What is this (regulation 5)?