Many of the 9.1million people furloughed in the UK could see themselves called back to work this week as the rules are changed.
From Wednesday companies will be allowed to take people back part-time – for any number of hours on any shift pattern – and only pay for the work done.
80 per cent of the remainder of the salary will be paid by the Government, until the end of July.
The move could see millions of people being called back to work from Wednesday – with the three-week rule also scrapped.
The rules currently state if you are furloughed it has to be for a minimum of three weeks – but that will end at the start of July.
The scheme also closes this week, meaning no more people can be furloughed.
From the end of July the amount of money people on furlough get will be reduced, coming down again in September and October before ending completely on October 31.
In September the most you can get from the Government while on furlough will be 70 per cent of your salary up to £2,187.50.
In October this will fall to 60 per cent of your salary up to £1,875.
But companies will have to top up your pay to 80 per cent – up to £2,500, from August.
The changes also mean companies are likely to be making redundancies as soon as possible if they do not intend to take people back – so they can avoid having to pay any salary or other contributions.
Companies above a certain size making redundancies have to give a consultation period before contracts end – meaning redundancies will start to be announced increasingly frequently in the next few days and weeks.
So if they want to avoid making payments from August, and need to give 30 days of consultation – redundancies will be announced this week.
One report suggests two million people could lose their jobs.