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The cost to agencies of employing staff on freelance contracts is

set to rise after this week's decision by the European Court of Justice

to uphold a claim by the union Bectu that such staff are entitled to

paid holidays. Michael Burd, a solicitor at the media law firm Lewis

Silkin, said: "It will be rare for workers on short-term contracts to

insist on taking leave. But they will be entitled to claim an additional

payment for the proportion of their annual leave entitlement accrued

during the assignment in question."