What does being furloughed mean for you?
If you’ve been put on temporary leave (‘furlough’) due to coronavirus, you might be wondering what that means for you. Here are 3 things you need to know:
- If your contract allows, you may be able to undertake other employment while your current employer has placed you on furlough. For more information visit the gov.uk website.
- If your salary is reduced as a result of being furloughed, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit. Find out if you are eligible for Universal Credit on the Employment and Benefits Support website.
- This could be an opportunity to develop your skills using free online courses. It could help improve your skill-set for when you go back to work, or even help you explore ideas for a career change. The Skills Toolkit website has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses plus the My World of Work website (Scotland), the Careers Wales website (Wales) or the National Careers Service website (England) have a database of courses available.
You can find in-depth advice on being furloughed on the gov.uk website.