Even without absolute clarification, since the 03 April People Group has paid their contractors their full entitlement, rather than 80% of the National Minimum Wage. This has cost over £1M prior to receiving funding from the CJRS grant. People Group has been inundated with positive feedback and thanks from hundreds of their contractors who otherwise would have been left in a terrible financial position.
Terry commented: “We did this because it’s a longer game – we knew we had to help our contractors and our agencies and our hirers. It was as simple as that. It is risk and reward. We do the right thing, even when there are some grey areas, but we help people survive. When we come out the other side, we’ll still have clients wanting to work with us. And the bottom line is I want to ensure our contractors have sufficient finance to survive.”
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“Umbrella companies that don’t do the right thing and try to cut workers adrift without pay, alongside the employment agencies which require workers to be paid in this way and the clients who allow workers to be hired in this way, will be named and shamed.”
Unite Assistant General Secretary, Howard Beckett
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