Changes to the Job Support Scheme: What you Need to Know
Mr Sunak has ditched the requirement to work a third of your hours. Now you’ll only need to work 20 percent of your normal contracted hours to qualify – or one day a week.
The original plan would have seen your employer pay out for the number of hours you worked. Cash to pay you for the hours you didn’t work would have been split between the government and your employer. Effectively this meant that if you worked a third of your hours, you’d receive 78 percent of your monthly salary. 55 percent of that figure would be paid by your employer and 22 percent would be underwritten by the government.
Mr Sunak’s tweaks mainly affect the amount of money that The Treasury will contribute towards paying your wages. Instead of stumping up cash to pay you for 33 percent of your unworked hours, the government will pay for 61.67 percent of your unworked hours. This change has largely been driven by criticism from unions, public figures and businesses in areas affected by tier 2 and 3 lockdown restrictions.