Coronavirus Furlough Scheme Extended by Four Months

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is to be extended by four months to 31 October and employers will be able to bring back furloughed employees on government’s plans to ‘re-open the economy’.

Until the end of July, there are no expected changes. However, from August to October the scheme will continue for all sectors of the UK but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work. Employers using the scheme will be able to bring back furloughed workers part time, with full details to follow by the end of May.

The Chancellor has made it clear that employers using the scheme would need to pay a share of the cost of salaries, along with the government, if they wanted to bring back employees part-time.

Further details will be announced in due course.