The Temporary Staffing Service is a one-stop shop for managers with a temporary staffing need, providing a rapid and efficient service to fill vacancies with the right people.

Following the changes to systems and processes, the TSS team is keen to return to providing normal service as quickly as possible.  As there is a lot of work for us to complete following the switch to MyERP, the Admin and Clerical service may be relying more heavily on agency workers in the short-term.  For those of you with requests or queries with the Casual and Guest (CAG) service, we will be focusing on resolving these for you within the next few weeks so that we can return to providing a strong customer service to you as quickly as possible.

We are aware that there are some challenges in processing some payments at the moment.  We are in close discussion with colleagues in Finance and the University’s Secretary’s Office to resolve the routes for payment, and we are keen to reach solutions to enable payments to be made as quickly as possible.  We do apologise for any inconvenience these delays may cause, and thank you for your patience and understanding whilst we work to resolve these issues.

 UoB students working on temporary/casual assignments. Students can apply to work via the TSS, subject to the following restrictions: Undergraduate students are advised to not work more than 15 hours per week in term-time: Undergraduate student hours (PDF, 284kB). International students who hold a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK are subject to working restrictions imposed by the UKVI (UK Visas & Immigration). The permission to work, or lack thereof, is evident on the student’s visa vignette in their passport or on their Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) card. The TSS will assess all students right to work and document it appropriately. Students will not become eligible for assignments that would permit working beyond their UKVI permission. More information on Tier 4 working is available here.

UKVI and Compliance checks: The Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 stipulates that all employers, irrespective of size or sector, are required to prevent the employment of illegal workers.  They must fulfill this duty by carrying out a three step check to confirm that a potential employee or woker is entitled to work in the UK, irrespective of the length of the assignment. The three steps are:

  1. Obtaining original acceptable documents
  2. Check the validity of the document in the presence of the holder
  3. Copy the document and retain a clear copy

There are additional requirements in relation to international (non-EEA) students whose visa include strict limits on the hours that may be worked.  Compliance with these requirements is mandatory and failure to demonstrate compliance could jeopardise the University’s international licence. It is illegal to employ someone aged 16 or over subject to immigration control and who is not allowed to undertake the work in question.  Sanctions can include fines of up to £20,000 per offence and, for Universitites, the removal of the licence to enrol overseas students.

All workers must be registered with the TSS prior to starting work. This includes checking Right to Work documents and, in the case of students on Tier 4 visas, checking the hours to be worked against work completed elsewhere within the University to ensure that they can complete the requested hours without breaching their restrictions.

Please contact tss-pay@bristol.ac.uk if you have any questions about pay or holiday.

Future services

In the future, the TSS will expand to cover Residential and Hospitality Services, Estates and Professional Services.

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