I’ve been ‘furloughed’ what does this mean?

Furloughed means your employment has been suspended for a specified period. You should remain on your employer’s payroll and will not have been ‘laid off’ or made redundant. The intention is that you will resume paid employment at the end of the specified period of time.

  • Until the end of July, the government is paying employers 80% of an employee's salary, up to £2,500 per month. This applies for any time you are furloughed. Employers will have to pay the wage for any hours that are worked. 
  • From August, the government will pay employers 80% of an employee's salary, up to £2,500 per month. Employers will be expected to cover your national insurance and any pension contributions, and any hours worked.  
  • From September, the government will pay employers 70% of an employee’s salary, up to £2,190 per month. Employers will be expected to cover 10% of your salary, to bring it up to 80%, capped at £2,500 per month and any hours worked. 
  • From October, the government will pay employers 60% of an employee’s salary, up to £1,875 per month. Employers will be expected to cover 20% of your salary, to bring it up to 80%, capped at £2,500 per month and any hours worked. 

For further information see I've been furloughed what can and can't my employer ask me to do? and Can I be furloughed?

If you need further advice or support during this time, please call RNIB on 0303 123 9999 or visit the gov.uk coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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