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Am I entitled to be furloughed if I’m on zero hours contract?

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If you are on a zero hours contract and you are taxed through PAYE, then you should be entitled to be furloughed. Your 80% payment will be based on the higher of:

The amount you earned in the same month a year ago; OR

Your average earnings over the last 12 months if you have worked there for 12 months. If you haven’t, then it will be calculated using your average earnings over the amount of time you have worked for the company.

You’ll need to discuss furlough with your employer, or the relevant agency or umbrella company where applicable. If you are put on furlough, you won’t be able to do any work for them, or on their behalf, until the furlough ends.

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