Morrisions in talks with recruiters over a controversial move that would save the supermarket group from having to pay temps for benefits due to permanent staff.

The supermarket confirmed it has held talks with recruitment agencies about adopting the so-called derogation model, under which temps would be formally employed by the recruiters rather than by Morrisons itself.

The move comes in the wake of European legislation requiring that temps be paid the same wages and benefits as permanent staff after three months in the role.

Morrisons told the Independent the move was a “legitimate route” for it to take and one of several strategies it was using to save staffing costs.

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