By Habiba Broger
Locally recruited staffers of the Nigerian High Commission London would from April 20, have their employment status changed from “employee” to “ self employed “ the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports on Wednesday.
This was 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 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.
NAN reports that in December 2018, the same locally recruited staff 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, more than 50 locally recruited staff work for the Commission.