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A scheme launched by staffing group Randstad is to allow small businesses the chance to place staff at risk of redundancy on secondment with other local firms.
The service allows UK companies to "offset" up to 89% of employee salary costs by effectively loaning out staff for as long as 10 months to avoid redundancies. Employees would keep their permanent jobs, while their salary, National Insurance contributions and benefits would also continue to be paid uninterrupted.
Randstad Group is launching the scheme across its branches in Birmingham, Bristol, Ilford, Leeds, Manchester and Solihull before rolling it out nationwide. Patrick Maloney, director of staffing solutions at Randstad said, "small businesses need all the help they can get to survive such a difficult and uncertain economic environment."
"Without our offsetting service, many businesses would be forced to make redundancies of skilled employees, which is costly and time consuming, and would leave them with the challenge of having to find and pay for the recruitment and training of new talent when the upturn comes."
The programme is targeted at office-based roles with salaries up to £30,000 a year, although this could be extended to more jobs and sectors. Firms wishing to take up the option would first go through the normal redundancy consultation process with staff, but would offer 'offsetting' as an alternative to allow affected employees to keep their positions.
Randstad would then look for a suitable secondment position in the local area, from one week to 10 months. If accepted by both employer and employee, Randstad pays the employer the hourly rate of the secondment job to cover salary costs, excluding other benefits and employee National Insurance at 11%.