techUK Bulletin, 13 May: COVID-19 Taskforce

Today’s bulletin focuses on:

  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extension
  • COVID-19 recovery strategy
  • Safety in the workplace during COVID-19

techUK's dedicated mailbox is open for any queries, questions and concerns you may have.

For more information and the latest guidance please visit techUK’s COVID-19 information hub which is updated daily. 

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extension

The Chancellor has announced that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended until October. 

The scheme will remain unchanged until August, when furloughed workers will be able to return to work part-time and employers will be asked to pay a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed staff. 

The employer payments will substitute the contribution the Government is currently making, ensuring that staff continue to receive 80% of their salary, up to £2,500 a month.

COVID-19 recovery strategy

Following the Prime Minister’s weekend speech further details were outlined in the publication of a 60-page document, Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Strategy

techUK has summarised the recovery strategy and what it means for the tech sector, including the focus on “the technological risk of any courses the Government pursues” and “the timelines to implement novel technologies”. 

Guidance on working safely during COVID-19

The Government outlined further details for employers on how they  can prepare their businesses and employees for a safe return to work.

While the Government is very clear that “all reasonable steps should be taken by employers to work from home”, the guidance is for those who cannot work from home and whose workplace has not been told to close.  

This includes details around COVID-19 risk assessments, social distancing measures in the workplace, managing transmission risk, and reinforcing cleaning processes.

How we are supporting our members

techUK continues to support our members and the wider tech industry through this period.

Please visit techUK’s COVID-19 Information Hub for the latest information and guidance. Listen to this month's techUK Podcast on healthtech during COVID-19.

techUK continues its work supporting Government. If you wish to make an offer of support you can do so by emailing our dedicated inbox.


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