Employers must carry out a fair test to find out how many tasks or pieces an average worker completes in an hour (the average rate of work).
- Test some or all of the workers. The group you test must be typical of the whole workforce – not just the most efficient or fastest ones.
- Work out how many pieces of work have been completed in a normal working hour.
- Divide this by the number of workers to work out the average rate.
- If the work changes significantly, do another test to work out the new average rate. It’s not necessary to do another test if the same work is being done in a different environment, for example work previously done in a factory being done at home.
Work out the fair rate
- Divide the average rate of work by 1.2 (this means new workers will not be disadvantaged if they’re not as fast as the others yet).
- Divide the hourly minimum wage rate by that number to work out the fair rate for each piece of work completed.
For further legal guidance you can contact ACAS – https://www.acas.org.uk/
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