HR Magazine: Government extends furlough yet critics warn more job support needed
The UK government has confirmed it will extend the furlough scheme until April 2021 to provide more support for the nation’s jobs and businesses.
The extension has been announced following pressure from various groups including the CIPD, which is still campaigning for the scheme to continue until the end of June next year.
When the scheme does finally come to end, some experts have suggested it will incentivise a new style of flexible work in which small sections of work are split across multiple flexible workers, deemed “quantum workers” and employers.
John Whelan, CEO of My Digital, said: “Quantum workers will be able to secure their financial and job stability as they won’t rely on one employer for income and employers will benefit from being able to employ a wide range of skill-sets to remain agile.
“During this extension, businesses should ensure they have the right processes in place to engage with the quantum workforce’s new employment model in real-time. The extension of the furlough scheme will have an impact on maintaining phantom permanent employment for a further month.”
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