The REC has raised concerns for the thousands of key workers at risk because of the provision of Statutory Sick Pay should they fall ill or have to self-isolate.
SMEs with less than 250 staff can be reimbursed for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if their staff cannot work due to Covid-19. However, this means most SME recruitment businesses supplying temporary workers are ineligible for the rebate because, while they are SMEs, they are responsible for placing many more temporary staff in other businesses.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) says creating opportunities for temporary workers in a pandemic is a big financial risk for small recruiters who could face a huge SSP bill if their temps are required to self-isolate. This means potentially fewer work opportunities being created for temps just as businesses need them.
Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the REC, commented, “The fight against the virus is being compromised by the failure to fund Statutory Sick Pay for every worker if they need to self-isolate. That’s why extending it so that people on temporary contracts are not left behind is so important.”