Temporary workers employed for an extended period pass through three stages. The first contract for a definite period of time is termed “stage A” and covers 78 weeks. Hours worked in this period are defined as temp hours.
Stage B covers a period of 104 weeks. During stage B, temp workers are in regular employment of the temp agency for a definite period of time.
After stage A and stage B (182 weeks in total), stage C applies, i.e. a contract for an indefinite period of time with the temp agency. Hours worked in stages B and C are termed secondment hours.
In stage A, it is easier for both parties involved to terminate the contract than it is in stages B and C.