Jul 12, 2020

Primark rejects UK government’s furlough bonus

Discount retailer Primark has become the first big UK employer to turn down a multimillion-pound bonus the government is offering for returning furloughed staff to work, saying the sweetener "Should not be necessary". In a statement Primark, which furloughed about 30,000 staff as the government shut non-essential retailers during the lockdown, said it "Should not be necessary" to apply for the bonus which would have amounted to about £30m for the retailer. The furlough scheme, which has supported more than 7m jobs, will end in October. Companies can claim the bonus payments for staff who were brought back from furlough prior to the introduction of the scheme. "Our use of the furlough scheme allowed us to retain vital skills and experience within the company to not just keep the business going in these difficult times, but to prepare to serve our customers as they ramp up their operations too," Tata Steel said.

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