Working from home and pay.
Employers take steps to reduce homeworkers pay.
On the 4th May 2022 we wrote a blog on a London Company getting its employees to work for 20% less pay if working from home. This week we have learned that a survey carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has revealed that 10% of companies plan on reducing pay or benefits for home workers.
This follows recent reports that employees of law firm Stephenson Harwood have been given the option to work from home full-time in return for a 20% reduction in pay. For resourcing reasons during the pandemic, the firm recruited lawyers who lived outside of London, it said “the packages we offered were different from what we offer our people in London. They’re fully remote and are not expected to regularly attend the office. If they are needed in the office, we cover their travel and accommodation expenses.”
Ben Willmott, head of public policy for the CIPD, said employers that are planning to reduce pay or benefits should “recognise there are potential ethical and legal risks in this approach.