UK businesses are now able to bring furloughed staff back to work part time as part of the government’s plan to kickstart the economy.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has helped protect more than 9.3 million jobs through the pandemic, with employers claiming more than £25.5 billion to support wages. The change to the rules came into force on 1 July.
The scheme will remain open until the end of October and will continue to support jobs and business in a measured way as people return to work.
Individual firms will decide the hours and shift patterns their employees will work on their return, so that they can decide on the best approach for them – and will be responsible for paying their wages while in work.
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said: “Our number-one priority has always been to protect jobs and businesses through this outbreak. Giving firms the flexibility to bring back furloughed workers on a part-time basis will help them work gradually and help them plan for the months ahead.”
From August, the level of government grant provided through the job retention scheme will be slowly tapered to reflect that people will be returning to work, with businesses being asked to contribute a greater share of employees’ wages. Individuals will continue to receive 80% of salary covering the time they are unable to work.
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