The Government’s Furlough Scheme Finishes At The End Of October – So Is My Job Protected After That?

The Government’s Furlough Scheme Finishes At The End Of October – So Is My Job Protected After That?

The government’s Furlough scheme which has helped protect jobs finishes at the end of this month, October. So what happens then?

On November 1st the government’s Jobs Support Scheme kicks in, but how does it differ from Furlough and how does it affect and benefit you as a domestic/household employee?

 

Essentially, the scheme will only benefit you if your employer chooses to use and participate in the scheme. If not, payment of your salary is totally down to your employer.

This is how it works:

Together the government and employers will continue to top up wages of workers who have not been able to return to the workplace full time due to the coronavirus.

Through this combination, you as an employee will receive three quarters of your normal salaries for the six months that the scheme will run.

The government’s contribution to workers’ pay will fall sharply compared with the furlough scheme. Under furlough, the government initially paid 80% of a monthly wage up to £2,500 – under the new scheme this will drop to 22%.

Employers who use the scheme can also still claim the Job Retention Bonus, where the government pays £1,000 for every furloughed employee who comes back to work until at least the end of January.

So How Will The Job Support Scheme Work?

  • The government will subsidise the pay of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to lower demand.
  • It will apply to employees who can work at least a third of their usual hours. Employers will pay staff for the hours they work.
  • For the hours employees can’t work, the government and the employer will each cover one third of the lost pay.
  • The grant will be capped at £697.92 per month.
  • It will be open to employers across the UK even if they have not used the furlough scheme.
  • It will run for six months starting in on the 1st

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