Why Nigerian High Commission London changes staff status to ‘self-employed’

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Sequel to a development from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on tax payment to her Majestty’s Revenue and Customs Commission (HMRC), locally recruited staffers of the Nigerian High Commission London would from April 20th have their employment status changed from “employee” to “self-employed.”

This development is contained in a memo addressed to the staff by Mrs. Helen Nzeako, the Commission’s Head of Chancery.

Nzeako stated that the decision was “sequel to the communication received from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on tax payment to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs Commission (HMRC), Embassy Unit’’.

Under the “self-employed’’ status, Nzeako said that staffers would be responsible for their National Insurance Contribution (NIC) and Income Taxes.

However, they would retain all benefits they currently enjoy such as Holiday, Maternity leave and sick leave.

She also said that they would enjoy salary increment as a gesture of goodwill.

In December 2018, locally recruited staffs of the Commission were disengaged from service and their entitlement paid.

They were further advised to reapply for their various positions as contract staff in a move necessitated by the then ongoing restructuring of the High Commission following budgetary constraints.

Currently, over 50 locally recruited staff work for the Commission.

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