The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee disrupts contractors’ payrolls


The extended four-holiday weekend thanks to the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations appears to have taken its toll on contractor payrolls.

Compass Contracting said that while his team was ultimately “successful”, paying contractors at the end of the week – when that week ended on a Wednesday – had its challenges.

“Many of us [were] embracing the fact that it’s only a three-day week,” Compass co-founder Ashley Olliver began, referring to last week’s holiday weekend starting Thursday.

“Little headache”

He added, “However, this may cause some headaches for the contractor payroll world! Make things happen in such a short time [is not for the faint-hearted].”

Other members of the umbrella community simply wanted to know if they could get paid for Friday (also a public holiday), amid rumors that as employees a normal pay day was entitled.

But formerly of HM Revenue & Customs and now specializing in dispute resolution, Thomas Wallace clarified the legal situation.

“No obligation for employers to grant paid holidays”

Now with WTT Consulting, he said: ‘There is no legal requirement for an employer to provide paid time off for a public holiday. If it’s in your contract with the umbrella, then they’ll pay for it.

“Remember, though, that the umbrella is your employer – not your end customer,” Wallace stressed, speaking to umbrella entrepreneurs.

“[So don’t] expect your end customer to pay for a day’s work not done. That means it’s not free money. Anything your umbrella will pay you will have already been deducted from your daily rate.

“The public limited company can pay you on public holidays”

Online, an independent official said such a clarification should not be necessary, as contractors need to know that they “only get paid for the hours actually worked”.

But not necessarily, or at least not necessarily for entrepreneurs who operate through their own limited company.

“Your own company can be happy to pay you for holidays,” advises Elaine Richardson, business analysis consultant, formerly at ECR Consulting.

“Mine always did. Whether a client pays you for the time not worked is another matter. I wouldn’t bet on that.

“Milestones don’t make a leader”

The four-day shutdown to celebrate Her Majesty Elizabeth II’s 70th birthday as British monarch also gave other professionals time to reflect.

“Celebrations and milestones don’t make a leader,” said Workplace Wellbeing Advisor Lee Chambers, himself crowned in 2021, albeit as Great Britain’s Entrepreneur of the Year.

“I’m not exactly a Royalist, but one particular event convinced me of the Queen’s lasting legacy of leadership.

“Only a year ago she was present at the funeral of her partner of 69 of those years on the throne. Sitting alone.

Mr Chambers continued: “[So] like all true leaders, [Her Majesty] decided to use her privilege to send a message that she is no different from the people she serves – a stark contrast to some ‘leaders’ who threw parties, threw wine and moved [about during lockdown] As they wish. »

“A true example of female leadership”

A human resources director, Stacey Kingshott, isn’t so sure that milestones are meaningless as a testament to leadership.

“[The Platinum] Jubilee [is a] true example of female leadership at its best. The Queen sacrificed her life to serve us for 70 years, overseeing 14 prime ministers.

Posting on LinkedIn, Kingshott described the Queen as a concrete example of “overcoming adversity and adapting to change”.


And it seems that Elizabeth II, being the longest-serving monarch in British and Commonwealth history (and soon to be in world history), inspires others to make sacrifices.

Reacting to an entrepreneur thread, a project manager praised, “You didn’t tell me you were going to donate [your] Jubilee pay if you were entitled to it? I thought that was a very admirable thing to offer. Well done.”


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