UK Furlough Scheme extended

UK Furlough Scheme extended

The UK Furlough Scheme which allows the government to pay the wages of works unable to work due to coronavirus will be extended till October. A quarter of the country’s workforce is now on the scheme, which was put into play to secure workers jobs and avoid redundancies during this uncertain period due to COVID-19. Currently, furloughed employees are asked to take unpaid leave from work and the government is covering 80% of their salaries up to £2,500 a month. However, there will be some changes to the scheme starting in August. The scheme will continue for all sectors and regions of the UK but with more flexibility in order to support the transition back to work. While employers will be allowed to bring back furloughed employees to work part-time from August onwards, the government will start asking companies to start sharing the costs of the scheme and contribute to paying salaries.

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