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Extension of government’s furlough scheme impacts Quantum Workforce

On 6 Novemver, Rishi Sunak announced an extension to the furlough scheme until the end of March. While the extended lifeline is welcome, it’s delaying the inevitable redundancies, predicted to be 3.5 million when the scheme closes.  John Whelan, former HMRC advisor and CEO of Quantum Employment Design company, My Digital comments

The impact of the pandemic means employers are less likely to make permanent job offers in the future and we will see temporary work becoming the norm. The old world of exclusive, monogamous employment relationships will be replaced by the New Normal of polygamous, multi-faceted employment arrangements

However, the Quantum Workforce, where contractors complete multiple roles for different employers, requires a significant change to the way businesses and the Government onboard, pay and tax workers. This change will be critical for paying some of the costs of furlough, which is more than £50 billion today. The UK can no longer use a ‘one-size fits all’ approach rigidly built for 9-5 jobs to account for the next generation of workers. 


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