Dear Agency workers,
We would like to begin by saying thank you to all of our amazing agency staff for their patience during this time.
It has been a time of unprecedented worry for the whole country.
We want to reassure you all that we have been working tirelessly to ensure we could get agency workers included on the Job Retention Scheme, and following the publication of additional information by the UK Government, Apollo Teaching Services is pleased to confirm that all qualifying Agency staff employed as of the 28th February 2020 are entitled to participate in the Corona Virus Job Retention scheme.
This scheme has been introduced to help protect earnings during this time of economic crisis and enables PAYE employees to receive a payment of 80% of their normal wages up to a maximum of £2500.00.
This means that we will be contacting all staff that are unable to work, and asking them to agree to become a Furloughed employee.
To participate in this scheme, employees have to confirm that they are willing to be put under the rules of the Furlough scheme, which can be found online at gov.uk.
To be eligible for this subsidy, when on furlough, an agency worker cannot undertake work for, or on behalf of, Apollo Teaching Services.
You must have been on our PAYE payroll on the 28th of February to qualify for this scheme.
Employees hired after the 28th of February cannot be furloughed or claimed for in accordance with this scheme.
If you have been engaged by an employment business for a full 12 months prior to the claim, you can claim for the higher of either:
- The same month’s earning for last year or
- Average monthly earnings from the 2019/20 tax year
We will be doing these calculations on your behalf based on the information held on our payroll system.
This payment will be subject to normal tax deductions.
If you have been employed for less than a year you can claim for an average of your monthly earnings since you began work.
This will not apply to staff who are receiving payment for long term placements or who are continuing to work during this process.
As of yet, the process to submit relevant information, complete details on the calculations required to make claims, or the speed in which we will receive payment once we have submitted the claim, is unclear and we are awaiting confirmation from the government in relation to this.
As I am sure everyone is aware this is a new situation for all of us. As a Company we are committed to our workforce and will do everything we can to expedite this process as quickly and smoothly as possible. To assist please respond to all emails as promptly as possible and do not ring the payroll department to obtain information as to the payments you can expect to receive as this will only delay their ability to undertake the calculations required and therefore submit the claim for reimbursement.
We will ensure all agency staff get the relevant payroll information by email when the calculations have been made.
Gov.uk expect the scheme to be up and running by the end of April. We will be emailing all staff eligible for this scheme based on our March payroll figures during the coming weeks.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our internal payroll staff who are inundated with end of year pay matters and on the front line of receiving hundreds of calls from staff members as well as processing our monthly payroll.
We will continue to update all staff over the coming weeks.
This is a difficult time and we do anticipate some wait time on accessing the grant but we will do everything our end to ensure we file swiftly and get your money to you as soon as possible.
The information in this update is correct at the time of posting, and the Furlough claims we will be making are subject to agreement and confirmation from HMRC Revenue and Customs.
Thank you for your time, and stay safe.
Faith Olding, Lee Powell and Angela Painter
Managing Director, Sales Director and Operations Director