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UK – giant increases contractor rights by paying between assignments

23 April 2013

Professional umbrella employment provider, giant group, now offers Gap Pay to its contractor employees. Candidates who join the firm become employees of the company and, as part of a package of employment rights and mutual obligations, workers will receive seven hours Gap Pay at basic rate. This comes on top of holiday pay, per week, when they are between assignments.

Gap Pay is a payment under the Agency Workers Regulation, which the firm said should not to be confused with pay between assignments. Under Gap Pay, employees who are between assignments for a full week and inform the firm in advance of their availability to work every day of that week, will receive 7 hours of basic pay.

Managing director, Matthew Brown, said this will offer additional employment benefits. “We are dedicated to giving our employees a more stable work environment and access to the key entitlements which are only available through permanent contracts,” he said.

“The mutual obligations in place between giant and our employees, such as Gap Pay, ensure continuous employment during and between assignments. Employees are therefore on permanent contracts and are eligible to receive all the rights and benefits of permanent employment including the right to be reimbursed for travel and subsistence expenses when on assignment at a temporary workplace.”

Employees will also be offered at least 504 hours of work each year with, any shortfall being automatically paid by the company at basic rate.  

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