The Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Business Regulations 2003 came into force in 2004. All temporary and contract staff are included within the scope of the Regulations although the main aim of the legislation was clearly directed towards protecting the lower paid worker rather than the professional limited liability company contractor.
Since then the DTI has agreed that the Limited Company contractor could choose to 'Opt-Out' of the regulations so this becomes a choice you need to make.
As an agency, it is a contravention of the Regulations for us, or any other agency, to require you to opt-out and we always suggest that you take impartial advice from your Accountant or Financial Advisor.
The Regulations can be seen at www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/si/si2003/20033319.htm