NOTE: The job support scheme has now been postponed and furlough arrangements extended as of 31 October 2020.
The government has today announced a more generous approach to the Job Support Scheme introduced last month and intended to take over from the current furlough scheme due to end on 31 October.
The Job Support Scheme, which comes into effect on 1 November, was to require employers to pay a third of employees’ wages for any hours not worked and also required the employee to work for at least a third of their contracted hours.
The announcement today reduces the proportion of hours required to be worked to 20% and also reduces the employer’s contribution towards the wages for hours not worked to 5%. The government will now provide up to 61.67% of wages for hours not worked, up to £1,541.75 per month.
The change is intended to provide greater support to businesses and will also allow those who only work one day per week to be eligible under the Scheme.
Employers will continue to receive the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus. The scheme for businesses legally required to close also remains unchanged.
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