Mobility businesses now have the option to bring furloughed employees back to work part time as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme allows for flexibility from July.
Firms will be given the flexibility to decide the hours and shift patterns of their employees – with the government continuing to pay 80% of salaries for the hours they do not work
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, our economy reopens and the country moves to the next stage of its recovery.
Commenting on the scheme, chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “Our number one priority has always been to protect jobs and businesses through this outbreak. The furlough scheme, which will have been open for eight months by October, has been a lifeline for millions of people and as our economy reopens we want that support to continue.
“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.
Businesses will be asked to contribute a modest share, but crucially individuals will continue to receive that 80% of salary covering the time they are unable to work.
The government has also announced that businesses who no longer need the CJRS grants they previously claimed have the option to voluntarily return them.
This is in direct response to employers asking how they can return grants voluntarily – and businesses are under no obligation to do this, but should contact HMRC if they want to pay the grant back.