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3 things you need to know about being furloughed

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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:

  1. If your contract allows, you may be able to undertake other employment while your current employer has placed you on furlough. That means if you want to work (and your employer agrees to it), you could fill critical vacancies in vital sectors and become a work hero in agriculture, food retail, logistics, care or a range of other roles.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses plus My World of Work (Scotland), Careers Wales (Wales) or the National Careers Service (England) have a database of courses available.

For in-depth advice on being furloughed visit