Pay-between-assignments contract – how much should I get?

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    Snow leopard

    If I’m on a pay-between-assignments contract, how much should I be paid between assignments?

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    Adrian Gregory

    I run a temp agency in London called Extraman.

    Pay-between-assignments contracts are sometimes called ‘Swedish derogation’ contracts. They’re two terms for the same thing.

    If you are on one and you have a week without work being offered to you, you have the right to be paid. 

    Here’s how to work out how much you should be paid.

    You’re entitled to get 50% of the average of your previous 12 weeks earnings.

    But if that works out to be below the national minimum wage, you’re entitled to the minimum wage. 

So, for example, let’s say you’re on a pay-between-assignments contract and you’ve been working for 40 hours a week for 12 weeks at £7.50 an hour.

    If you don’t have work for a week, you should then be paid 40 hours at minimum wage during that week.

    Because 50% of £7.50 an hour works out to be less than the minimum wage, so your pay reverts to the minimum wage. 

    When you’re working this out, the most important thing is to know the average number of hours you’ve worked over the last 12 weeks so that you can work out what you’ve earned on an average week.

    I’ve written elsewhere on Howbox why you should avoid being on a pay-between-assignments contract if you can, though.

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