Make Sure You Benefit From The National Insurance Cut

Temporary workers, umbrella workers and zero hours workers operating via PAYE should benefit from £450 a year tax cut, but many don’t realise they’re entitled to it. Make sure you check your payslip for to ensure you benefit from the recent cut in National Insurance Contributions (NICs) worth, in some cases, £450 a year. This […]

It’s Official – Rolled Up Holiday Pay Is Lawful

Whilst most of us have been taking a break from work and enjoying some downtime, a very positive development for temps and umbrella workers has quietly come into effect.  Regular readers will be aware that some umbrella companies and recruitment agencies wrongly withhold holiday pay from their workers in a practice which can be legal, […]

Rolled Up Holiday Pay To Be Allowed!

IMPORTANT development that should stop umbrellas and agencies stealing your holiday pay! The government has issued it’s response to the recent consultation on holiday pay and confirms that rolled up holiday pay will be officially allowed from next year. This is important for umbrella and agency workers, some of whom have had holiday pay unfairly […]

Huge Increase In Government Spend On Temps & Consultants

The Financial Times reports a huge increase in government spending on contingent workers between 2018-19 and 2021-22. Their analysis shows the amount spent across core government departments in the last 3 years on: Temporary workers increased by 115% to £1.5bn Consultants increased by 130% to to £723m It’s no surprise that department of health spend on contingent workers […]

Landmark £40m Holiday Pay Case Could Have Major Implications

Supreme Court closes ‘loophole’, paving the way for temps and contractors to claim thousands in backdated holiday pay from their umbrella or recruitment agency. The case saw more than 3.700 police officers and civilian staff successfully claim backdated holiday pay from their employer, the Police Service of Norther Ireland (PSNI), which is deemed to have […]

Temps Will Be Entitled To Request More Stable Work

A new law will entitle all workers in the UK, including temporary agency workers, the right to request a more predictable working pattern.  This has been under discussion for some time, and the draft legislation has received Royal Assent, meaning that the King has agreed it will become an Act of Parliament (law) in due […]

Number Of Temporary Workers Falls To 1.6m

The number of temporary workers in the UK has fallen to 1.6m according to latest data from the Office of National Statistics.  By comparison, temporary workers peaked at 1.7m in 2021, as businesses navigated the pandemic.  Today’s figures are a fall of 0.4% compared to the last quarter, and a decrease of 1.4% compared to the […]

NHS Temps Miss Out On Pay Deal

Some NHS temporary staff say they have not received the lump sum part of the government pay deal, worth at least £1,655. The BBC reports that the issue is affecting bank staff, who work extra shifts to provide cover for hospital trusts to fill rota gaps.  Some health workers work only for the bank, taking […]

High Court Rules Temporary Workers Can’t Cover Strikes

The High Court has quashed a legal change that ministers made last year that allowed recruitment agencies to supply temporary workers to cover those taking strike action.  This was a very short-lived piece of legislation rushed through last year, and has now been ruled “unlawful, unfair and irrational” by a high court judge. The decision […]