Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak brought in the job retention scheme, also called furlough, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in response to the economic shortfall left by business closures. The scheme was intended to safeguard as many jobs as possible until the pandemic reached an end, ensuring people don’t get left in the lurch in terms of their finances. Since then, the scheme has been extended three times and is due to come to an end later in 2021.
Can you quit your job while on furlough?
In short, yes. You can quit your job while you’re on furlough.
Just the same way as directors can make your redundant during your furlough leave, you are allowed to walk away from your job.
You will have to give your notice is in as you normally would when leaving a job, to the standard of your employer’s notice period requirement.
Nothing will change for you, you should be paid up until the period you leave on the furlough scheme and be free to take up your next job.
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The number of tip-offs to HM Revenue and Customs has spiralled since last April, shortly after the scheme was launched.
The number of suspect payment reported jumped from 3,000 at the start of the pandemic to 21,378 by early June 2020.
At the peak of its use in early May last year, the furlough scheme was propping up 8.9million jobs in the UK.
The programme was extended in January until the end of April 2021, and now also includes those who are unable to work due to caring responsibilities.
Brits who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable and have had to shield, also find themselves qualifying for the stay-at-home scheme.