Over the next four months, how the furlough scheme operates will change. 

    In this video, Technical Connection's Tony Wickenden provides a month-by-month breakdown of changes to the furlough scheme, including the ability for employees to work part-time and how the employer contribution will change. 

    For the rest of this month the scheme remains as is, with furloughed workers receiving 80 per cent of their current salary up to £2,500. 

    Tony discusses the changes that come into effect from 1 July, and the introduction of the 'flexible furlough', which aligns with the government's stated aim of restarting the economy. 

    Come August, companies can no longer reclaim employer's national insurance, nor a refund for auto-enrolment contributions. 

    Tony goes on to explain the more material changes to be introduced in September, with the gradual reduction in what employers can claim back from the government. 

    By October, the scheme is scaled back further. While employees will continue to receive 80 per cent of their salary, the employer can only reclaim 60 per cent. 

    With unemployment figures being closely watched over this period, the question then arises as to what will happen at the end of October. 

    For example, will we see a continued top-up to employment payments as seen in France and Germany? That will be the hope for many affected firms and employees. 

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