In accordance with HM Treasury recommendations, the NHS Trust Development Authority (NHS TDA) is today publishing updated details of the number of senior managers employed on an off payroll basis in NHS Trusts.
The review follows a Health and Social Care Information Centre data collection in May 2013 into the number of managers employed on an off payroll basis that found that 41 NHS Trusts were not complying with HM Treasury recommendations.
The Chief Executive of the NHS TDA, David Flory CBE, contacted all Trusts identified by the HSCIC data collection as employing people off payroll to provide guidance on implementing the HM Treasury guidelines. In particular, Trusts were given support and assistance in amending contracts to give themselves the power to check individuals’ tax and National Insurance Contribution arrangements.
Following this work, we found that the number of people employed off payroll had reduced by 107 compared to the HSCIC data collection in May 2013. This reduction was a mixture of people being brought on to the payroll, incorrect data supplied in May 2013 and people leaving the organisation.
Information collected by December 2013 shows that 14 NHS Trusts still had at least one board member or senior member of staff with significant financial responsibility employed through an off payroll arrangement. 28 individuals were involved in total, in the following posts:
• 2 chief executives
• 4 non-executive directors
• 11 other executive board members
• 11 senior officials with significant financial responsibility
Since December 2013, most of these outstanding posts have been resolved by the contract being terminated following substantive appointments on payroll.
All NHS Trusts have also confirmed they have implemented the guidelines in full for less senior staff who are engaged for more than six months and for more than a daily rate of £220 by ensuring contracts give them the ability to seek assurance about individuals’ tax and national insurance contributions.