Coronavirus and the furloughing of temporary workers
We at RoS understand that for some of our clients this uncertain period that we are currently going through is challenging and there may be a need to reduce staffing levels. Not everyone is aware that temporary workers can also be placed on furlough (or standby as we used to call it) rather than termination due to the end of the project that they were working on.
If they are being furloughed, then we (RoS) will be able to claim a grant or 80% of their wage and keep paying them at no cost to your company until they are able to return to work.
This is a service that we are able to offer to both client and temporary worker free of charge to both our clients and our PAYE workers as part of the package of support for businesses the government has created.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a temporary scheme open to all UK employers, for at least three months, which will be backdated to 1 March 2020. It is designed to support businesses like RoS International Ltd whose operations have been severely affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) and where there is a difficulty in providing on-going work.
Under the Scheme, RoS International Ltd will be able to claim 80% of the pay (capped at £2,500 per month per agency worker) of our agency workers who meet the Scheme requirements. This includes entering into an agreement to be furloughed.
Temporary workers have to be furloughed for a minimum of three consecutive weeks, but this can be extended on a weekly basis until they are able to return to work.
For further information please follow this link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wages-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme
Carl R Burgar FIRP