After I had applied for a permanent job vacancy on 6 July, I chased it up on last Monday and having not had a response I chased it again again on Friday. I got a call back and was told "the job is still current, but in order to comply with the law, the company concerned have to advertise it internally first, before interviewing anyone else."
Then yesterday I got "offered" a week's work by this agency for the company with the vacancy for £17.50 an hour. Fair enough.
The agency said it would "be an opportunity for me to check out the company and get my foot in the door for the permanent job"
Then it turns out the work is 50 miles away (100 miles a day and there are no travelling expenses.) The travel costs at 45p per mile work out at £5 a hour!
Then they say I would have to pay a fee of £15 to get paid by an "Umbrella" company.
All in all it would work out at £5.28 an hour in my hand after everything! Not worth it at all.
All from a job vacancy that didn't exist (or certainly did not when it was advertised)
If they can get someone local to the job who can start on Friday good luck to them.
If they say you "have to" get paid by an Umbrella Company then they are breaking the law, although if you were to be travelling 100 miles per day it would make sense, but even then, if you only worked for the Umbrella company that one time and never had any intention to work for them on more than one assignemt then there would be no tax relief on the travel anyway and there could be a future tax liability, payable by you.
Sounds like you were miss sold a job there, and almost coerced into a difficult situation. Good job you don't need the work, and you should report them to REC.