Responding to the announcement that England will re-enter lockdown from Thursday, Neil Carberry, Chief Executive of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said:
“The national lockdown is a big step and poses many challenges for already struggling businesses. We need to control the spread of the virus with better Track and Trace and make sure businesses can ride this out in the longer term so we have a decent chance of economic recovery
The extension of the Furlough scheme is welcome. All sectors and the self-employed need extra support quickly.
The Chancellor has another clear option to provide the stimulus our economy needs – by way of cuts in employer National Insurance contributions and help to all businesses to cover the costs of statutory sick pay. The SSP issue is particularly vital as many employment businesses don’t currently get help with that”.