Can you get another job while on furlough? – The Sun

MILLIONS of workers have been furloughed under the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

The scheme allows workers who are put on furlough to receive 80 per cent of their wages up to £2,500 paid by the government. But what are the rules about getting a second job to supplement that income in the meantime?

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Can I still work for my employer while I'm on furlough?

Being on furlough means that you will not be able to work for your employer.

However the Government says that you can undertake training or volunteer, subject to public health guidance, as long as you’re not making money for your employer or providing services to them.

Workers must be paid as standard to do required training, even if this is more than the 80 per cent of their wage that will be subsidised.

Please note that any activities undertaken while on furlough must be in line with the latest Public Health guidance during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Your employer can also still make you redundant while you’re on furlough or afterwards.

You may also be eligible for support through the welfare system including Universal Credit.

You can read more about what furlough means here, and when you'll be paid if you've been furloughed here.

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Can I work for someone else while on furlough?

Technically yes, so long as you are not breaking your original contract and you aren't breaching lockdown protocol.

It is strongly recommended that you speak with your boss before taking on another job as you are still their employee.

You should be able to work outside the hours you normally do with your original job – but you will need to check first.

Taking an extra weekend job at a supermarket, or running deliveries in the evening, may not breach obligations if your contract says you must do a 9am-5pm working day, for example.

This would work the same as if you had two jobs and the UK wasn't on lockdown.

Some contracts do stipulate that you cannot work for rival employers or need to get permission before earning income elsewhere. You can ask your HR team if you're unclear or want to check your terms of employment.

While many businesses have been forced to close down some are still hiring for temp or shift work as they are considered key workers.

Supermarkets are looking for new employees and the NHS needs more workers and volunteers.



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