Agency staff employed on zero hours contracts (FOI)
Agency staff employed on zero hours contracts (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by States of Jersey and published on 29 June 2017.
How many members of staff who work within the States of Jersey are contracted to employment agencies on a zero hour contract basis?
Can you break this down by department?
These members of staff are paid at 2013 pay scale rates, which is 4% less than the equivalent grade, and not at the current pay scale? Why is this?
Staff members, who are employed through agencies on a zero hours contract, do not receive pay when taking any time off for holidays. Instead, 4% is added to their pay packet which is then taxed. This equates to approximately 8.5 days annual leave when applying the 20% tax rate. However, the legal requirement is for 10 days holiday per year. Are the States breaking the law?
As at the end of April 2017, there were 177 staff contracted via an agency within the States of Jersey (using preferred suppliers of agency staff: 1st recruitment, ASL and Rowlands) 10 of whom are on zero hours contracts. The zero hours employees work in non-ministerial areas and the Environment and Community and Constitutional Affairs Departments.
|Chief Minister's Department||32|
|Community and Constitutional Affairs||10|
|Department for Infrastructure||25|
|Department of the Environment||<10|
|Health and Social Services||30|
|Non ministerial States funded ||18|
|Treasury and Resources||18|
The rates charged by agencies are the result of a commercial negotiation completed in 2013. This established the charges for workers hired through them.
Holiday pay is income that is taxed in exactly the same manner as any other income.