What is a furloughed worker?

Definition of furloughed worker

Furloughed worker’ is the term used by HMRC to describe employees who are kept on an employer’s payroll through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Important: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme closed on 30th September 2021. Employers can no longer claim for wages that they paid to furloughed or flexibly furloughed employees when the scheme was in effect.

Using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, employers can claim a grant to cover a percentage of an employee's wages. This is designed to allow employers to retain employees who they may otherwise have been forced to lay off during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

Employers may choose to pay their employees the difference between the funding from HMRC and their salary. However, employers are not obliged to do this. HMRC has said that “if your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit”.

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Check out our furlough calculator to work out how much you can claim from HMRC's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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