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Parasol responds to TUC minimum wage report

Parasol founder and chief executive Rob Crossland said: “We welcome and applaud the TUC’s call for tougher enforcement of the national minimum wage. Any business that pays its employees less than the minimum wage is behaving unethically, as well as illegally. 

“However, by naming workers employed by umbrella companies as a vulnerable group, the TUC has again shown a worrying lack of understanding of our sector. 

“It’s true that some rogue umbrellas will use artificial schemes to avoid paying workers the minimum wage. 

“At the same time it’s equally true that professional and compliant umbrellas, such as Parasol, always adhere to employment law – including minimum wage legislation. 

“Indeed, legitimate umbrellas offer a wide range of benefits including guaranteed hours of work, holiday pay, sick pay, paternity/maternity pay and access to a workplace pension. Respectable umbrella employers do not operate salary sacrifice schemes. 

“Once again, union leaders have unfortunately tarred all umbrella companies with the same brush. The sensible and grown-up debate we crave will remain out of reach for as long as this ignorance persists.”  

Parasol is part of the Optionis Group. 


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