Bosses will have to pay 25% of furloughed staff’s wages and workers may return part-time under plans to wind down scheme – The Sun

EMPLOYERS will have to pay 25 percent of the wages of furloughed workers from August under plans to scale back government subsidies.

Under measures expected to be announced next week, employers would also be able to bring staff back to work for as many hours as they need.

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Staff will be paid full wages by their firm for any hours worked and will continue to be covered by the furlough scheme for the hours they don't work.

All firms will be required to contribute a quarter of the wages of any furloughed workers.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced the furlough scheme in March as part of measures to lessen the impact of the coronavirus lockdown on businesses and employees.

Under the scheme, furloughed staff receive 80 percent of their month salary up to £2,500.

It is up to employers whether they choose to make up the remaining 20 percent.

At least eight million workers – equivalent to a third of the workforce of the private sector – have been furloughed so far, and the Office for Budget Responsibility has estimated that the total cost of the scheme will be as much as £80billion.

The reports follow an announcement by the Chancellor earlier this month that the scheme, originally set to end in June, would be extended to October.

Sunak said at the time that more changes would follow to partially shift costs from the taxpayer to businesses.

Speaking this week, he said the country faced a recession "like no other we have seen before".

Yesterday he added that the crises would spell the loss of jobs in the “days, weeks and months to come”.

The government has also begun taking tentative steps towards easing the lockdown.

Some shops could be allowed to open from June 1, while pupils in certain age groups are also expected to being returning to school.

Employees have also been urged to return to work if they are unable to do their job remotely.

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