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Can you get another job while on furlough during the coronavirus crisis?


THE furlough scheme has been extended until the end of April 2021 – but can you still work at the same time?

Under the furlough scheme, workers will get 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to £2,500 a month.

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 Workers may be wondering if they can still work or take on other roles while on furlough

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Workers may be wondering if they can still work or take on other roles while on furloughCredit: Rex Features

Furlough had originally been due to end on October 31, 2020 and then March 2021.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said in December 2020 it will run until the end of April 2021 – but the scheme could still be extended again as the coronavirus crisis continues.

Boris Johnson has announced his roadmap to ease Britain out of lockdown, with loved ones able to meet outdoors and kids back in classrooms from next month.

 Boris Johnson will share today how the country will exit lockdown in stages

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Boris Johnson will share today how the country will exit lockdown in stages

Here’s what you need to know about furlough:

Can I still work for my employer while I’m on furlough?

Boris Johnson didn’t give any updates about the furlough scheme today, as he revealed the four step plan to get the nation back on its feet.

The PM said more details will be set out in the Budget next week.

He said: “We will not pull the rug out. 

“We will do whatever it takes to protect jobs across the UK and my right honourable friend the Chancellor will set out plans next Wednesday.” 

As things stand currently, you will still be allowed to work for your employer on a part-time basis, with furlough covering the hours you don’t work.

It is up to your boss to decide whether they furlough you full-time, or allow you to work on a part-time basis.

For the hours you do work, you will receive your normal pay.  For hours you don’t work, the government will cover 80% of your wages, up to £2,500.

Employers are being asked to cover National Insurance and pension contributions for workers.

Workers have been allowed to come back to their job on a part-time basis since July.

 Workers can volunteer while on furlough

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Workers can volunteer while on furloughCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Employees will need to have been on a payroll by 11.59pm on October 30, 2020 to be furloughed by their employer.

As part of the revised scheme, anyone made redundant after September 23, 2020 can also be rehired and put on furlough – but it’s down to the discretion of your employer.

Workers can also be on any type of contract, meaning you could still be furloughed if you are part-time or on a contract.

 Covid cases are falling

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Covid cases are falling
 The country will reopen as more people are vaccinated

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The country will reopen as more people are vaccinated

Can I work for someone else while on furlough?

Technically you can get another job while on furlough – as long as your boss doesn’t mind.

Being on furlough means you are still employed by your employer, which means you could be in breach of contract if you do accept a new role.

But if you do want to take on some temporary work, you should contact your HR department or boss to see what their rules are, or if they can adapt your contract.

Some of the millions of Britons on furlough were asked to take a second job picking fruit and vegetables.

Thousands signed up to the Feed the Nation scheme, many of them with no previous experience of agricultural work.

We explain how to claim your pay if you’ve been furloughed by your employer.

The Sun also has a guide on how to work out how much money you’ll get on furlough.

The self-employed income support scheme (SEISS) is also being increased, with the third grant covering November to January calculated at 80% of average trading profits, up to a maximum of £7,500.

Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme through to March 2021 with more support for the self-employed





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