As you will be aware earlier this week the Finance Minister advised that Agency Workers in the NICS would be treated the same as permanent members of staff regarding the issue of pay, special leave and the arrangements in place for staff in relation to Covid-19.

NIPSA Representatives and Officials have been dealing with a plethora of queries and concerns from Agency Workers who are been advised differently by Premiere People.

A letter has been issued today by NICS HR to Premiere People, following representations from NIPSA, which clearly sets out the arrangements to ensure that all Agency Workers are treated in the manner contained in the Ministerial announcement and the HOCS letter issued on Monday 23 March 2020.

The NICS FAQs will be updated and published as soon as possible.

In the meantime Agency Workers can be assured that this issue is a live issue and despite potentially conflicting information coming from the Premiere People who will be paid and the arrangements in place for permanent staff will apply to you in line with HOCS communication.

Alison Millar
General Secretary