NHS trusts can, from today, release earnings to their staff immediately at no cost to help the country through the coronavirus pandemic.
The UK’s leading income streaming provider Wagestream has waived all fees to both NHS employers and staff to allow as many key healthcare workers as possible to get hold of their pay when they really need it.
Tens of millions of people nationwide will be facing unexpected expenses as coronavirus takes a wrecking ball to the economy.
It usually takes Wagestream three weeks to perform a full integration with an employer’s payroll software but as part of emergency measures the firm can now launch the service for any employer in just 24 hours.
Tens of thousands of doctors and nurses already use Wagestream — current clients include Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust.
As part of Wagestream’s package of special measures, trusts can give workers access to an immediate relief fund specified by them.
Caps usually apply to the percentage of earned pay that staff are allowed to draw down but, during the crisis, any shift tagged as related to Covid-19 on the Wagestream portal will be automatically eligible for fast, same-day payment of 80% of money earned once that shift ends.
This will help prevent labour shortages by helping medical staff and other key workers deal with extra expenses they may face by working additional shifts.
The platform will also facilitate automated daily payment of statutory sick pay where trusts upload the names of those employees who are unwell and self-isolating.
In the last week, Wagestream has seen many employers remove caps on the number of times their staff can use Wagestream in a single month altogether.