Guidance for UK Contractors engaged via Gattaca

This page has a round-up of some of the schemes and assistance the government has released so far, as well as Gattaca’s position. If you are working via an Umbrella company, please contact your provider for advice. We will continually monitor Government advice and update the information accordingly.

UK Contractor FAQs

 

What is the Government’s Job Retention Scheme?

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows employers to furlough employees as an alternative to making them redundant due to COVID-19 and claim a Government grant for 80% of the employee’s pay, up to a maximum of £2,500 gross per month per employee.  The employer must then pay this sum (less PAYE tax and National Insurance) to the furloughed employee.  Employees do not have a right to be furloughed.  It is a commercial decision for employers as to whether to operate the scheme for their workforce. 

If you work via a limited company and are a company director, you will be responsible for the decision to furlough yourself and for following the appropriate process to claim the grant, which will be paid directly to your Ltd company.

Further details of the Scheme are set out on the Government’s website: 

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

 

I am a PAYE contractor via Gattaca, am I eligible to be furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme?

Gattaca is not currently processing any claims via the Job Retention Scheme for any PAYE contractors.

 

I am an Umbrella contractor, am I eligible to be furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme?

We understand that contractors who work via an umbrella company are likely to be eligible to be furloughed under the Job Retention Scheme, as they will normally work under an over-arching employment contract.  However, you will need to contact your umbrella company to check if you are eligible and whether they are in a position to furlough you at this time.

Please speak to your umbrella provider for further information.

 

I work via my own limited company, what support am I eligible for?

It is likely that contractors who work via a Limited company will need to utilise the Job Retention Scheme (see above).  

For those who are self-employed, you may be eligible for assistance under a separate self-employed scheme. Further details of the Scheme are set out on the Government’s website.

 

What are the rules on Sick Pay where I am self-isolating because of Coronavirus?

PAYE and Umbrella contractors will be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) where they have not been furloughed and are unable to work in the following circumstances:

  • They have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • They are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and are self-isolating in-line with Government guidance (see below)
  • They live in a household with someone who is displaying symptoms of COVID-19 and are self-isolating in-line with Government guidance (see below)
  • They are in the ‘extremely vulnerable’ category and have been advised to ‘shield’
  • They have been told to isolate because they have been in contact with a person with COVID-19 under the ‘Test and Trace’ system 

 
The Government has also legislated to change the rules on SSP to make this available from day 1 of sickness absence, rather than day 4.  This legislation applies retrospectively from 13 March 2020.  PAYE contractors who consider they are entitled to SSP should notify their client and Gattaca as soon as possible.  Umbrella contractors should notify their umbrella provider.
 
To continue receiving SSP after 7 days’ absence, the worker will need to provide an ‘isolation notice’, available from NHS 111 online. 
 
The Government’s guidance on SSP and when people should self-isolate can be found here.
 
Limited company contractors will not be eligible to receive SSP from Gattaca.

 

If I am not eligible for one of these schemes, what are my options for claiming financial support?

You may be eligible for other Government support, such as Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance.  Please see the Government’s Coronavirus website for further information: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

If you have your own company, you may also be able to access some of the Government’s other support initiatives for companies.  Please see the Government’s website for further information:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses