Furlough Frustration

Chancellor's statement on furlough scheme: REC response

Following Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s statement on the extension of the furlough scheme, Sophie Wingfield, Director of Policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said:

“Businesses which find themselves under tougher Covid restrictions needed this support to help keep their staff in jobs. It’s the right call.  But the Chancellor must be mindful that shutting of businesses in affected areas will have knock-on effects right down the supply chain. This includes recruitment firms which have been working hard to supply staff to businesses in sectors like hospitality as they reopened. We need to make sure the right support reaches those businesses too. We must also ensure temporary workers, a huge source of strength for businesses right now, do not fall through the net and that the scheme works effectively for all forms of worker – which took too long to establish in the original furlough scheme.”

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