The Treasury says your employer is responsible for paying your wages for the time you’re working. It will also decide the hours and shift patterns you’ll work when you go back.
If you work a 40-hour week, for example, and your employer wants to, it can get you to work 39 hours and then furlough you for the remaining hour. The amount of time you work each week can also vary over the month, with employers varying it week by week.
When you are working, you should be paid your normal wage for those hours. For the hours you’re not working, you’ll be covered by furlough pay, so you’ll get at least 80% of your normal wage. Let’s run through an example of how work and furlough pay could interact:
Let’s assume you work a 40-hour week, and you earn £1,000 a month for that. On furlough, you don’t work and you get £800 a month.
Yet if you went back to work for 10 hours a week, that’s a quarter of your normal working time, so you’d earn £250 a month for the work you do. Yet you’re still furloughed for 30 hours a week, so you get three quarters of your monthly furlough pay – that’s £600.
Adding it up, you’d get a total of £850 a month working those 10 hours, compared with £800 on full furlough.
The Treasury told us that HM Revenue & Customs will announce more details of how the furlough scheme interacts with work on Friday 12th June.
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