information for domestic workers
All domestic employers in the UK are required by law to pay at least the National Minimum Wage (NMW). It is a criminal offence for an employer to pay below the NMW, carrying a fine of up to £5,000 on conviction, unless you're living as part of the family household (i.e. without separately metered accommodation). For current NMW rates, please refer to our rates and thresholds page.
Domestic employees are exempt from the measures concerning working hours but are entitled to a 20 minute rest break for every six hours worked.
Many domestic workers, employers and agencies assume that because of the unique circumstances that exist between in domestic employment, they don’t qualify for redundancy pay. But providing you meet the requirements you are entitled to redundancy pay just like any other employee.
Do I Qualify?
If your employer's circumstances change and they no longer have a full-time job for you, and they want to employ somebody on a part-time basis, they are required to first offer the 'new' position to the you, the existing employee. If you choose not to continue working for them under the new conditions you are still entitled to redundancy pay, unless you are on a fixed term contract.
You will also qualify for redundancy pay if your employer moves to a different part of the country, providing there is no relocation clause in your contract.
How much will I get?
As an employee on PAYE you are legally entitled to these amounts; however, your employer is free to pay you more than the statutory minimum at their own discretion. They cannot claim any part of the costs back from the state. You do not have to pay tax on redundancy payments up to £30,000. If your employer refuses to pay, you must make a written request to them within six months and then be prepared to follow this up.
How will I cope?