Robert Marshall, managing director of WorkLife commented: “While any measure to keep people in work is a good thing, we cannot forget about those workers who – having already taken a financial hit – might now face a partial loss in pay.

“The Chancellor’s new job support scheme will no doubt be met with a sigh of relief by struggling small businesses but, as we move through the pandemic and beyond, employees will remember how their well their employer responded when they too needed a helping hand.

“Firms having to employ these measures should now be looking at ways to support employees, especially their financial and mental wellbeing.”

WorkLife is a digital platform on a mission to make financial advice and employee benefits accessible and affordable to every UK business and their workers. To help those firms hit hardest by the coronavirus crisis, WorkLife is being offered free of charge to SMEs throughout 2020.