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Has furlough finished?

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SpringtimeSummertime · 07/04/2021 12:23

Just that really!
Was anyone on furlough for the entire year? Did you get your normal wage without actually working?
How do you feel about going back?
Do you even have a job to go back to?
AIBU to think that if you have received a wage without working it’s hard to get back into work mentality?
For those of you who have returned, were you desperate to return?

OP posts:
TakeYourFinalPosition · 07/04/2021 19:16

@FlyingBurrito That’s when the work from home guidance ends, and the government will ask people to return to work. According to The FT yesterday, anyway.

@SpringtimeSummertime Yep, as MrJolly says, they get both.

SpringtimeSummertime · 07/04/2021 19:23

@SpringtimeSummertime Yep, as MrJolly says, they get both
So some people are cashing in! Not sure what I think about that!

For those who think I work for the DMail... I know they're thick as shit but I think my questions are a bit too dumbed down even for them!

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FlyingBurrito · 07/04/2021 19:24

[quote TakeYourFinalPosition]@FlyingBurrito That’s when the work from home guidance ends, and the government will ask people to return to work. According to The FT yesterday, anyway.

@SpringtimeSummertime Yep, as MrJolly says, they get both.[/quote]
Exactly, but those who are working from home by definition aren't on furlough so that date isnt relevant unless your job is something like office cleaner or receptionist where an office being closed means your job hasn't been needed.

FireflyRainbow · 07/04/2021 19:24

What's furlough Grin

SpringtimeSummertime · 07/04/2021 19:52


What's furlough Grin

Well quite... I've learnt a lot today!
I'm grateful I'm not in the position many people seem to be in.
Job insecurity for many atm must be unbelievably stressful.
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Saz12 · 07/04/2021 20:03

I’ve been on furlough for ages (not the full year - was able to restart for a couple months Oct/Nov time).
I can’t wait to get back to it! It’s hard to feel useful or valued, difficult to be motivated whilst not at work.
Voluntary stuff has been very ad hoc as I’ve not been certain when I’d be able to restart. I’ve done endless litter-picking, and helped out individuals (shopped, picked up medicines, that kind of stuff), painted benches and tidied planters etc. Nothing very formal or worthy.
Employer did not allow second job during contracted hours, which is fair enough (they were furloughing to avoid losing staff, so I guess didn’t want anyone finding alternative employment).
I’m expecting to have reduced hours, at least in the short term, but I’d rather that than no job. I’ve been frugal this last year to save in case of redundancy (and also due to pay cut!).
I think it’ll be hard to get back into it, but I imagine that’ll only last the first week or so.

Furlough isn’t what If have chosen, but then nobody chose this shit-show. A lot of people have had things far far harder than me.

isseys4xmastinselcats · 07/04/2021 20:25

my two jobs are in retail and hospitality so each time they got shut down on furlough at 80% of my wages from each job then when allowed to open back to work at normal hourly pay, i go back to the retail one next monday but hospitality one not till end of april begining of may

isseys4xmastinselcats · 07/04/2021 20:29

a lot of uncertainty around on off on off i went back to one job after the christmas break as i had to take holiday leave on the monday morning to be told by boris on the same night i had to go back home on tuseday and still at home this lockdown has been harder as less motivation to just get through each day it has gone on for far too long now i just want to go to work go out with friends see family and have something like a normal life im 64 so not millions of years left of my life

mummysherlock · 07/04/2021 21:02

In answer to some of the OP’s questions:
I’ve been on furlough on and off since the start of lockdown 1. At the end of that first lockdown my employer did a staggered return to work and as a lot of the people I work with have health conditions (exercise referral) I didn’t go back until October. Then I was back to work for a month before lockdown 2. At the end of lockdown 2 only a very small skeleton staff returned as December is a very quiet month anyway. Went back for 1 day at the start of January and then lockdown 3 started.
I have been paid at 80% of my wage throughout my time on furlough, I have also had some annual leave entitlement deducted.
I am back to work on 12th April and hopefully we won’t have to lockdown again. When I went back for the first time after lockdown 1 it felt a bit like returning after maternity leave, e.g a bit nervous but soon got back into it. I’m looking forward to a bit more normality and feeling more useful and productive.

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