Social work agencies typically place social workers on short-term contracts with employers such as local authorities and voluntary organisations, as well as finding permanent staff to fulfil vacancies.
Working for an agency can give you experience of a wide range of settings and employers, which can be a valuable way of building knowledge and helping you to decide upon an appropriate future career path. However, some people find that working on a short-term contract as an agency worker makes it more difficult to have influence at work and that they don’t have the same rights as permanent staff.
BASW recommends that anyone considering working for a social work agency considers a range of potential agencies and looks at the various levels of support that they offer. Remember, that you will need to consider how and when you will get paid, together with holiday, sick pay and pension arrangements. Some agencies now offer training and additional benefits.