COVID 19 - Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020).

Published 12 May 2020

From: HM Treasury


• Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October • furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500 • new flexibility will be introduced from August to get employees back to work and boost economy


In a boost to millions of jobs and businesses, Rishi Sunak said the furlough scheme would be extended by a further four months with workers continuing to receive 80% of their current salary.


As we reopen the economy, we need to support people to get back to work. From the start of August, furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time with employers being asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff.


The employer payments will substitute the contribution the government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month