Crystal Umbrella welcome the proposed changes to NMW regulations as of January 2011.

Obviously, any increase in NMW is a good thing for the temporary labour market.  Not only will it go a long way in protecting the vulnerable sectors of the temporary labour market, but it will also allow them to receive full entitlement to state benefits (based on National Insurance Contributions).

For contractors, freelancers and locums currently earning NMW greater clarity is given around the claiming of travel (to temporary workplace) and subsistence expenses as they will not count as pay for NMW purposes. This area has been a concern and one that Crystal has campaigned for a long time.

Crystal Umbrella see this as a step in the right direction and a way of protecting those that need it, whilst providing an environment suitable for providing a level playing field within the contracting and freelance market

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