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What's the truth?

In the world of agency work, few topics generate as much confusion and misconception as holiday pay. Our recent social media poll highlighted just how widespread these misunderstandings can be. Today, we’re diving deep into the truth about holiday pay entitlements for agency workers, regardless of how they’re paid.

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The Poll Results: A Revealing Insight

Our “Spot the Truth” poll presented four statements about holiday pay, asking participants to identify the correct one. The options were:

A) Not eligible for holiday pay with PAYE.

B) Holiday paid upfront with Umbrella.

C) Not eligible for holiday pay with Umbrella.

D) Regardless of which method of payment I receive, I get holiday pay; however, how it is received may be different.

Interestingly, the most popular answer was B – holiday paid upfront with Umbrella companies. While this can indeed be true in some circumstances, it’s not the full picture. The correct answer, perhaps surprisingly to many, was actually D.

The Truth About Holiday Pay

Let’s break it down: Regardless of whether you’re paid through PAYE (Pay As You Earn) or an umbrella company, you are entitled to holiday pay. This is a legal right for all workers in the UK, including agency workers. The key difference lies in how this holiday pay is calculated and paid out.

PAYE Workers:

If you’re paid directly by the agency through PAYE, your holiday pay is typically accrued based on the hours you work. You’ll usually receive this pay when you take your holiday time.

Umbrella Company Workers:

When working through an umbrella company, your holiday pay is often included in your hourly rate. This is what’s known as “rolled-up” holiday pay. It means you’re receiving your holiday pay with each paycheck, rather than in a lump sum when you take time off.

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The Importance of Understanding Your Pay Structure

While option B in our poll (holiday pay upfront with Umbrella) can be correct, it’s crucial to understand that this isn’t the only way holiday pay can be handled. The method of payment doesn’t negate your entitlement to holiday pay; it simply changes how and when you receive it.

This is why it’s essential to:

  1. Carefully read your contract and pay slips.
  2. Ask questions if anything is unclear.
  3. Keep track of your worked hours and accrued holiday pay.

Our poll also revealed other common misconceptions:

  • The belief that PAYE workers aren’t eligible for holiday pay (option A).
  • The idea that umbrella company workers don’t receive holiday pay (option C).
Moving Forward: Empowering Agency Workers

Both of these are incorrect. All workers, regardless of their payment method, are entitled to holiday pay under UK law.

Understanding your rights and entitlements is crucial in ensuring you’re treated fairly in the workplace. Holiday pay is not a bonus or a perk – it’s a legal right. By fostering open discussions and providing clear information, we hope to empower all agency workers to advocate for their entitlements.

Remember, if you’re ever unsure about your holiday pay or any other aspect of your employment, don’t hesitate to reach out to your agency or seek advice from organisations like Citizens Advice.

In the world of agency work, knowledge truly is power. Stay informed, ask questions, and ensure you’re receiving everything you’re entitled to. After all, everyone deserves their fair share of rest and relaxation!  You can view more commons questions on our FAQ page or follow the below links:

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