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As I carer should I be paid for time traveling?

(18 Posts)
Toomuchocolate Wed 11-Oct-17 16:03:25

On a 0 hours contract. I may work across a 5 hour period but only be paid for 4 hours as I'm traveling for the other hour is that right? Something I was reading on gov website suggests I should be paid?

E.g. I work 9:30-10:30, 11-1, then 1:30-2:30. Travelling takes me 20-25 mins on each of the journeys. I don't have a break as I'm often running over on each visit.

prh47bridge Wed 11-Oct-17 16:37:49

No, your employer does not have to pay you for travelling time but your pay rate for the total hours including your travelling time must be above the national minimum wage. So, in your example, your working time for national minimum wage purposes is 5 hours as you haven't taken any breaks (breaks don't count as working time for the national minimum wage). You must be paid at least £37.50 for those 5 hours (assuming you are at least 25 years old). So, if you are only paid for 4 of the 5 hours, your employer must pay you at least £9.375 per hour (i.e. £37.50 divided by 4). If your pay rate is less than £9.375 per hour your employer is paying you less than the national minimum wage and is breaking the law.

Hope that makes sense.

Ohwell14 Wed 11-Oct-17 16:38:59

Nope I work in care and have never been paid for travelling time.

Toomuchocolate Wed 11-Oct-17 22:02:28

See I get paid £9 per hour plus 20p per mile. I get £35 per day. I presume therefore I'm not paid enough.

FlossNightingale Wed 11-Oct-17 22:03:55

You should be, but it may prove a logistical nightmare proving it.

Do you have to sign in and out electronically (using a phoe?)

Toomuchocolate Wed 11-Oct-17 22:45:42

Yes I do.

Haffdonga Wed 11-Oct-17 22:47:29

Are you Dr Who?

bananafanana1 Wed 11-Oct-17 22:58:21

Only if you use the Tardis

BlackPeppercorn Wed 11-Oct-17 23:04:39

Not a paid carer, but we sometimes employ them through a local company - ours are paid a mileage allowance from the office to the client's home and back again for each visit.

JaneEyre70 Wed 11-Oct-17 23:12:13

I never got paid travelling time, it was the reason I gave it up. The day I handed my notice in, I'd been out the house from 8am to 4pm and was paid for 4 hours of it.

Breadwithgarlicon Wed 11-Oct-17 23:22:28

Glad I'm not the only one who thought this was going to be about time travel.

dailydance Wed 11-Oct-17 23:38:42

Are you Marty? grin

prh47bridge Thu 12-Oct-17 00:15:49

£9 per hour for 4 hours should be £36. But yes, if it is 5 hours from the start of your first appointment to the end of your last and you don't have any breaks or go home in that time they are under paying you a little.

kuniloofdooksa Thu 12-Oct-17 07:49:44

The 20p per mile doesn't count towards your wages if you are using your own car and own petrol.

They don't have to pay for the journey between your home and first appointment or last appointment.

£36 per day wages excluding milage costs spread over 5 hours is £7.20 per hour. If you are age 25 or over then they should be paying you an extra £1.50 per day but the minimum wage for age 21-24 is only £7.05 in which case it's legal.

prh47bridge Thu 12-Oct-17 09:43:07

Yes, I was assuming (without any justification) the OP is over 25. If she is under 25 the employer is fine but will need to up the hourly rate when the OP reaches 25.

newtlover Thu 12-Oct-17 09:46:20

I think if you can time travel your money worries should be over

Toomuchocolate Thu 12-Oct-17 16:09:51

No I'm not Dr. who grin

I'm over 25, so maybe I need to quibble over my extra money owed!

What about if I have a 45 minute gap between clients, I travel for 20 minutes, do I still get paid for the 20 mins?

prh47bridge Thu 12-Oct-17 16:36:05

Yes. For the NMW calculation travelling time is included but breaks are not. So, in your scenario, the 20 minute journey is part of your working time but the 25 minute break is not.

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