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Locum social work FAQs

What payment methods are available for locum contractors?

There are 3 options available:

1. You can opt to become a PAYE agency worker through Charles Hunter Associates directly
2. An umbrella company will employ you through PAYE, meaning all statutory deductions are taken care of
3. PSC (personal service company) contractors will directly be impacted by the new HMRC legislation from April 2017. So long as the client allows it, you can still operate through a PSC. From April 2017, your weekly pay will be sent to you by the agency minus all PAYE deductions – tax and NICs

What is IR35?

IR35 is a set of rules that affect your tax and national insurance if you’re contracted to work for a client through an intermediary (such as a PSC).

IR35 involves applying three principles to determine employment status – supervision, direction and control. Most social workers would fall inside IR35 legislation because of the strict practices required and legislative protocol that must be followed. Therefore, you will need to follow IR35 if you work for a client through an intermediary.

What training will I receive during my contract?

We are currently reviewing the CPD training we provide. At this stage, we are open to suggestion so please submit any ideas or recommendations to

What happens after I submit my hours to the agency?

Once you have emailed your hours to, Yasmine Bashir will upload them to the relevant MSP on a Monday where you line manager can approve them. Approvals must be done by Wednesday 3pm in order for you to be paid on Friday.

Can I claim expenses incurred through work?

This is dependent on the council you work for. Please double check with your line manager and consultant for clarification. Include all mileage accrued when sending your hours to

What is the DBS update service and how much does it cost?

The online Disclosure and Barring Service Update Service allows you to take your DBS certificate from one job to the next. Your certificate is automatically renewed yearly at a cost of £13.00 per annum. 

How much is your referral fee?

At Charles Hunter Associates we offer a £250 refer a friend fee. To be eligible, the candidate has to fully register with the agency and be in an assignment for 12 weeks. 

Am I entitled to holiday pay as a locum?

You are entitled to holiday pay if you are a PAYE or umbrella contractor. You are not entitled to holiday pay as a PSC contractor.