BETTER PAY FOR HOMEWORKERS

March 12 2004.

Up to 170,000 homeworkers could get more money under new minimum wage regulations. The changes will mean that home and piece workers will have to be paid at a rate that is linked to the National Minimum Wage.

From October 2004, employers will no longer be allowed to set the rate of pay at four fifths of the time it takes an average worker to complete a set piece of work; have to give employees clearer information about the rate they are expected to work at, and their hourly wage; have to pay all homeworkers the minimum wage for all hours worked or, 100 per cent of the national minimum wage for the number of hours it takes an average worker to complete an agreed block of work.

In April 2005, homeworkers will see a further improvement in their wages when employers will have to pay the average worker at a rate of 120 per cent of the national minimum wage for a block of work.

Information from www.dti.gov.uk