Peter Cheese, CEO of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, says:

"The Job Support Scheme will help employers be flexible to protect jobs and incomes as the furlough scheme unwinds, and through some of the economic challenges ahead. This type of short-time working wage subsidy has a proven track record of supporting employment in other countries and CIPD have been highlighting the need for this type of support for employers following the end of the furlough scheme. The announcement is welcomed but can’t provide protection for all, and many businesses and individuals will face restructuring and loss of jobs. Support for re-skilling, guidance, and linking people to where job opportunities do exist will be vital next steps in the coming months.

"We would therefore also liked to have seen a link through the Job Support Scheme to training for staff on reduced hours, in order to make the most of their time not working, help them upgrade their skills, boost their productivity, and provide valuable re-training opportunities. However, we hope this is something that can be developed and added to the scheme once it is up and running.”

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