Work in UK

In UK, Government protects your employment rights and stops you from being exploited and bad treatments at work. Mentioned below are your basic employment rights as a migrant worker in UK.

National Minimum Wage

Most workers are entitled to be paid at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW). It makes no difference whether you work full time, part time, in a permanent job, on a short-term contract, for an agency or directly for an employer. If you are paid by the number of things you make or tasks you do, this is called ‘piece’ or ‘output’ work. You are still entitled to the NMW for piece work.

Agricultural work

If you work in agriculture, you have different rights from other workers. You could be entitled to the Agricultural Minimum Wage and other allowances. You also have different rules for calculating your holiday and sick pay entitlement. Agricultural work can be many different things, including, for example:

• Any activity on a farm
• Growing and harvesting food, fruit bulbs, plants or flowers
• Using land for grazing, orchards or woodland

Employment agencies

If you use an employment agency to find work, you have certain rights. These make sure the agency cannot exploit you.

Deductions from wages

Deductions can only lawfully be taken from your wages if:

  • They are legally required or authorized (e.g. tax and National Insurance)
  • They are allowed by your employment contract - you must have a copy of the contract term which allows the deduction, or a written explanation of it, before the deduction is made
  • You have agreed in writing before the deduction is made

If your employer is making deductions from your pay, you should check that they are allowed to. Your employer cannot make any deduction or take a payment from you which reduce your pay below NMW rates even if they have your permission to do so.

Gangmaster licensing

A Gangmaster is an individual or a business who supplies labour (workers) to the following areas:

  • agriculture
  • horticulture
  • fish processing
  • gathering shellfish
  • packaging or processing food or drink products

Gang masters who supply workers must be licensed by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA). The GLA regulates these businesses and ensures they respect your employment rights.

Working hours

  • You should not have to work more than an average of 48 hours in a working week unless you choose to. This includes any overtime.
  • You are entitled to have a minimum of one day off per week.
  • If you work for more than six hours a day you should have a rest break of at least 20 minutes.
  • If you use a labour provider, they must keep a written record to show you have agreed to work any additional hours.

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