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UK to require employers to pay 20-30% of furloughed wage cost

ForexMay 23, 2020 07:50AM ET
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LONDON (Reuters) - The United Kingdom has drawn up plans to require employers to cover 20% to 30% of furloughed employees' wages from August to reduce the vast burden of the coronavirus crisis on government finances, The Times newspaper reported.

The United Kingdom extended its job retention scheme - the centrepiece of its attempts to cushion the coronavirus hit to the economy - by four months on May 12, but told employers they would have to help to meet its cost from August.

"The Treasury has drawn up plans that would require employers to cover between 20 and 30 per cent of people’s wages," The Times said. "They would also be required to cover the cost of employer’s national insurance contributions, on average 5 per cent of wages."

A spokesman for finance minister Rishi Sunak declined to comment on the report. Sunak is expected to announce the changes next week, The Times said.

Sunak said on Friday that Britain was facing a "very serious economic crisis" and jobs would be lost in the "days, weeks and months to come".

UK to require employers to pay 20-30% of furloughed wage cost
 

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maga king
maga king May 23, 2020 11:00AM ET
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Boris turned a loser to this small flu lol
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I just read Ray Dalio's the Changing World Order. It talks about China rising fast and US is in decline. He said everything works in a cycle, and China is in the cycle of going back to the top and US declining. No other country is near.
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jc li May 23, 2020 8:57AM ET
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where is the $ coming from? by laying off additional workers
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the sunset of empire
 
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