15th October 2020
On the 23rd March, the UK announced the furlough scheme, designed to support employers and workers who were unable to perform their usual duties due to Coronavirus restrictions. After 7 months of support and an estimated £35billion invested by the government, the scheme is due to come to a finish at the end of October. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be replaced from the 1st November by the Coronavirus Job Support Scheme which is designed to be a more sustainable approach, to supporting jobs through the pandemic and is currently due to continuing until April 2021. The government is expected to review the percentage that employees need to work to qualify for the scheme in three months time, in January 2021.
The Job Support Scheme is designed to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19. Where businesses and organisations have been affected by Coronavirus restrictions directly, employees will have a portion of their wages paid by the government.
The Government contribution will be capped at £697.92 a month.
Employees must be on an employer’s PAYE payroll on or before 23 September 2020 and the scheme is not applicable for agency workers who are registered with several agencies.
At Engage, we continue to support all our teachers, colleagues and partner schools as the situation in the UK changes. We are working to place candidates in long-term roles as well as providing daily contingency cover to our partner schools. To ensure you are getting as much work as possible, we recommend staying in regular contact with your agency!
For more information about the support available to employees and agency workers, try these:
Coronavirus Support: Test And Trace Payments – Information for teachers on the Test and Trace Payment Scheme
Engage Coronavirus Hub – All of our Coronavirus Support articles
UK Government Coronavirus Information and Support – Official Coronavirus Guidance
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