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Date Posted: 01/04/2020

NMW & NLW pay increases effect 1st April 2020

Some good news today:

The NMW & NLW wage increased today,  which for some represents a pay rise of 6.2% this year. At MAS the minmum pay rate irrespective of your age, will not be less than £8.72ph. 

We don't pay you less,  if you are young and do the same job, we pay you the same.  If a jobs worth doing, its worth doing for the same rate.

The Government wage rates are as follows:

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

April 2020

25 and over £8.72

21 to 24 £8.20

18 to 20 £6.45

Under 18 £4.55

Apprentice £4.15



Date Posted: 26/03/2020

Support for Business from Goverment during the Covid-19 public health crisis

What Covid-19 support is available to recruitment business leaders?

VAT Deferral

• You can defer VAT due between 20.03 and 30.06 – but you must clear the debt by April 2021

SSP Rebate

•Businesses with less than 250 employees* can claim a rebate for staff paid SSP for 2 weeks. * Definition of “employees” TBC

Job Retention Scheme

For laid off and furloughed workers •Government will pay 80% of the wages (capped at a max of £2,500 per month) if a business decides to “furlough” any of their workers (company directors are not eligible).

Business Interruption Loan Scheme By British Business Bank

•Interest free loans for the first six months, underwritten by government. Available if your business has a turnover under £45m per annum. Maximum loan value of £5m.

Small Business Grant

For businesses that receive small business rate relief •Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this. The grant is to a value of £10,000.

Corporate Financing Facility

For larger businesses •The Bank of England will buy short term debt to support the cashflow of those larger businesses that have been temporarily disadvantaged by the coronavirus outbreak

Time to Pay scheme

For those with outstanding tax liabilities •For UK businesses that pay tax to HMRC, you may be able to come to an arrangement with HMRC. You can call HMRC on 0800 0159 559

Self-assessment delay

For the self-employed •Payments due at the end of July 2020 can now be deferred until 31 January 2021. You do not need to apply – this is just automatic

Source: REC The recruitment & Employment Confederation 26th March 2020


Date Posted: 21/03/2020


The UK government has announced measures regarding workers rights, support for business and contingence plans, in order to maintain incomes and future opportunities for all UK residents,  during this public health pandemic.  We shall where possible keep you updated on this page and all new updates will be added to the top for ease of access. This is an ever changing position, which will be subject to many updates over the next few months as well as criteria and qualification at all times, but hopefully these updates will offer some peace of mind at this difficult time. The Government website is available here by following this link in your browser.


Coronavirus update - what's new?

24 March 2020
This update covers:

Payment of wages for furloughed workers

Payments for the self-employed

Stay at home advice

Gender pay gap reporting suspension

To obtain a copy of the REC update in full please email:

21st March 2020  

JOB RETENTION SCHEME (Furloughed Workers)

The job retention scheme is under review and this may mean temporary workers with MAS will be paid a proportion of their earnings, if they are laid off from their temporary assignment.  We are waiting on the final details with confirmation from HMRC and our recruitment industry experts. This would be a temporary emergency measure and subject to government rules and full compliance.

The general position is that if the employer, in this case MAS, maintains your employment through PAYE there will be some government assistance available until such time as you can return to full time work and regular assignments, in a safe working enviornment with a MAS client hirer.

This facility if availabe, will be administered by MAS Recruitment and operated with the agreement of the appropriate client hirer. In normal circumstances Furlough Workers may take up temporary employment, however at this time, it will be expected that all workers will remain at home, as it is a mechanisim for non contact and isolation in order to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus, and/or to enable the public health authorities to test workers.  This may be several weeks away. wait for further details


SSP payment at the statutory level may be available and this will be subject to the normal statutory requirments.  The recent changes in relation to qualifiing days, is due to be legislated for by the end of March and should become law.  The provision for ssp would only apply to workers on assignment at the time of sickness and/or confirmed isolation This would not be available to furloughed workers at the same time. This facility would be availalabe for up to 2 weeks. wait for further details

Posted 16th MARCH 2020

The latest GOV.UK Covid-19 virus update can be found by clicking the following link:

While you are staying at home, make sure you do the following things:

Stay at home

You should remain in your home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas, and do not use public transport or taxis. You cannot go for a walk.

You will need to ask friends or relatives if you require help with buying groceries, other shopping or picking up medication. Alternatively, you can order medication by phone or online. You can also order your shopping online. Make sure you tell delivery drivers to leave items outside for collection if you order online. The delivery driver should not come into your home.

Note: On 4th March 2020 the Government announced plans to amend the qualifying criteria for SSP so that it is payable from the first day of sickness rather than the fourth day. The change has not yet come into force at the time of writing but we are obviously awaiting official guidance from gov. uk and our professional body, the Recruitment & Employment Confederation, regarding this.





Date Posted: 01/01/2020

How to stay in the UK after it leaves the EU for free!


You will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

Part of Stay in the UK after it leaves the EU ('settled status'): step by step

Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (settled and pre-settled status)


  1. Overview
  2. Who should apply
  3. What you’ll get
  4. What you'll need to apply
  5. Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme
  6. If you're not an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen
  7. If you have permanent residence or indefinite leave to remain
  8. If you're applying for your child
  9. If you stop working or start work in another EU country
  10. After you've applied


If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EUSettlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021. If your application is successful, you’ll get either settled or pre-settled status.

The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.

You may be able to stay in the UK without applying - for example, if you’re an Irish citizen or have indefinite leave to remain.

Sign up for email updates about the scheme.

When you can apply

The EU Settlement Scheme is open. You can apply now if you meet the criteria.

The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021.

Which status you get may depend on when you apply.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal

You will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.


It’s free to apply to the scheme.

This guide is also available in 26 European languages.



  • if you work with MAS and need some assistance to complete your application process please email and we may be able to help with a clinic. Register by emailing us to join the BREXIT HELP DESK @ MAS for more help and advice.


Date Posted: 20/08/2019

BREXIT UPDATE - Worker advice (Ongoing updates subject to change)

Don't panic, the fact that the UK government has indicated that on October 31st 2019, the UK will leave the EU, does not mean you have to leave or will get deported on the 1st November.  There is still time for a deal and even if there is no deal  there is already plans in place to deal with the outcome of NO DEAL:

Generally European citizens living here before BREXIT should still be able to settle and stay permanently and those entering from 31st October  2019 to 1st Janaury 2021 will be able to stay for at least  three years, so the opportunity to live and work in the UK is still available via a settled status scheme.

Irish nationals  under the The CTA Common Travel Area means you will still be able to live and work in the UK after BREXIT.

After BREXIT new workers may have to apply for European Temporary Leave to Remain (which will last for 3 years) or Indefinite Leave to Remain - if you want to stay in the UK for more than 3 months, in effect like most other countries around the world, a tourist visa is different, from a resident permit.

There will be a new immigration system in place from 1st January 2021 and this will cover Europeans and non-Europeans alike.

We shall of course keep you updated during this period, also it is important that you keep your ID documents up to date, (renewal any expired documents asap) and keep a record of your work history. Any eligibility and suitability will be assessed as required and its likely employers, agencies and employment professionals, who will be given instructions to do this, as we already do - For us there is little change, so relax, the UK needs good people like our European friends, who contribute to the success of the UK, Great Britain and Northern Ireland and make us one of the top 10 global economies in the world and will continue to do so for many many more years.

Source@ Fragomen, Del Ray, Bernsen & Loewy, LLP FragomentGlobal LLP and affilates.