By dawn’s early light: Post-Independence Day boom encouraging garages to bring back furloughed staff?

Published:  02 July, 2020

Are furloughed mechanics about to see dawn's early light for the first time April? With pubs, restaurants and many attractions able to open from Saturday (4 July), garages with staff on furlough may be looking to bring them back part-time, which is now possible.

Since yesterday (1 July), employers taking advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme have been able to ask their staff to come in on a part-time basis while still having them paid via the furlough.

This will change in August however. From that point, employers will pay National Insurance and pension contributions for their employees, while the government picks up the main bill still. However, from September their share of the burden will widen to include 10% of pay. This will then rise from October to 20%.

Since April, the government has been paying up to 80% of employee wages, up to a maximum of £2,500 a month, for around 7.5 million people. The furlough has been extended twice, and is currently set to end at the end of October.

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