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giant becomes first professional umbrella to offer Gap Pay

giant becomes first professional umbrella to offer Gap Pay

Professional umbrella employment provider, giant group, has become the first organisation of its kind to offer Gap Pay to its contractor employees.

Once a candidate joins giant they become an employee of the company. As part of a package of employment rights and mutual obligations, giant will ensure employees receive seven hours Gap Pay at basic rate, as well as holiday pay, per week when they are between assignments. This is a payment under AWR (Agency Workers Regulations) regulation 5, not to be confused with pay between assignments under AWR regulation 10 (Swedish Derogation).

The introduction of Gap Pay follows on from giant’s decision in summer 2012 to be the first FCSA member to reduce subsistence claims to HMRC published rates. This move was in line with the FCSA code of conduct and best practice guidelines.

Matthew Brown, Managing Director of giant explained the decision behind this additional employment benefit “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.  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.”

As a further commitment, giant guarantees its employees will be offered at least 504 hours of work each year with, importantly, any shortfall being automatically paid by the company at basic rate.  This is on top of the entitlements already available to the giant employees, including statutory payments both during and between assignments.

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