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 (external website) while your current employer has placed you on furlough.
- 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 (external 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 (external website) has free, high quality digital and numeracy courses plus My World of Work (external website) (Scotland), Careers Wales (external website) (Wales) or the National Careers Service (external website) (England) have a database of courses available.