Rishi Sunak's emergency job scheme explains that the government and firms will continue to top up the wages of those who have not been able to return to work full time.
The Job Support Scheme will replace furlough - an emergency stopgap used to protect almost all jobs during lockdown.
But, with most of the economy now finding its feet again, the government has stated that the Job Support Scheme will only support 'viable jobs which provide genuine security'.
A viable job is those that are needed currently - and not jobs that have been 'propped up' by furlough. The job scheme will only apply to employees who can work for at least a third of their usual hours.
This essentially means that workers in venues that are still not operating, such as nightclubs and theatres, will not be eligible for the scheme.
The job support scheme will run for 6 months from 1st November. The payment an employee will receive is based on their normal salary - with government contribution being capped at £697.92 per month.
This is similar to the 80% offered during the furlough scheme, but employees will have to work some hours instead of none.
The Job Support Scheme is open to small and medium sized businesses. Large businesses are able to apply but only if they can prove loss of revenue as a result of coronavirus.
Workers can also not be made redundant or be put on notice while a Job Support Scheme grant has been put in place for them.
Julian Cox, Partner and Head of Employment, London, at law firm BLM told HR Grapevine that the Chancellor’s ‘strategy is clear’.
The legal expert explained: “The strategy is clear. Keep people in viable employment, and support businesses facing reduced demand for the coming six months'.
The Job Support Scheme will run for six months from 1 November. It will top up salaries in firms which can't take employees back full-time. To be eligible, employees must work for at least one-third of their normal hours. For the hours not worked, the government and employer will each pay one-third of the remaining wages. This means the employee would get at least 77% of their pay.