Public sector contingent workers who are on live assignments but cannot work due to Covid-19, should continue to be paid at least 80% of their salaries by their employer – and should not be furloughed.
This includes supply teachers working in state funded schools. However, according to the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCo), many schools have either misunderstood – or are ignoring – this latest guidance from the government.
In short, this instruction requires that all of the public sector continues to pay contingent workers 80% of their rates, via the relevant recruitment firm, together with the pro-rated margin.
This is an attempt by the government to ensure temporary workers (whether agency worker, umbrella worker or a contractor working through a personal services company) continue to receive most of their contractual earnings during any period when they can’t work due to Covid-19.