Off-work wage policies are one of the most important factors determining how much money an individual can earn as an independent contractor. When a company pays its contractors minimum wage, but doesn’t set a maximum wage, that means the general public is unaffected. The university may be exempt from the minimum wage law, but the general public is not. Wrong! The off-work wage policy sets a cap on how much of an employee’s time (excluding mental health time) a contractor can spend doing something other than working for their company. Depending on the size of your company and your specific circumstances, you might need to look into applying for a variance from the Off-Work Wage Policy. On this page we explain everything you need to know about calculating off-work wage with Umbrella Calculator.

What is Off-Work Wage?


Off-work wage is pay difference between one’s job and their off-work hours. This is calculated by dividing the hourly rate per hour worked for various hours of work by the number of hours off-work. These are the different types of off-work wage policies:

  • Conforming hours: These pay attention to how much time an employee is off work. They also pay attention to how much time has been devoted to the same activities over time.
  • Nonconforming hours: These are when an employee falls into an off-work range, but is still paid the prevailing wage.
  • Flexible hours: These are when an employee is open to the full-time option while remaining on the flexible rate.
  • Hybrid hours: These include both the normal hours and the off-work hours. The normal hours are those that an employee normally works and the off-work hours are those that are off-limits.

How to Calculate Off-Work Wage with Umbrella Calculator

One method to determine how much time an individual is off work is to use the hourly rate for all hours worked for all rented or non-rented work. This rate is then subtracted from the off-work time to arrive at the off-work wage. Another method to determine how much time an individual is off work is to use the hours worked for specific tasks. This will give the individual a measure of how much time is needed for each task. This approach also works well if an employee has a specific job requirement to fit into the off-work hour. To make things easier, you can simply take advantage of the umbrella company calculator to identify how much you will recieve.

While it’s important to remember that the general public does not see off-work wages as a problem, it’s important to keep in mind that each business’s situation is different. The best way to approach this is to look at your business’s specific circumstances, including the personalities of its employees, the culture of the company, and the degree of independence each employee has. Once you’ve gotten a sense for what your employees’ situations are, you can then make adjustments to achieve the best results for all.