Coronavirus: Furloughed staff can work in home care jobs

Dr. Hannah MacKechnie Read 1198 times

The government has announced furloughed staff can now undertake work as home care assistants


Employees furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic can now undertake home care jobs whilst still receiving 80% pay from their current employment.

Announced by the government this week, changes to the state-funded coronavirus job retention scheme means individuals can take up work within the UK’s care sector during the pandemic without losing their furlough income or job security of their original employment.

In a positive twist for many workers finding themselves with reduced income during this time, it means they can now undertake care assistant roles to help top-up their monthly income to match, or even exceed, that of before the coronavirus pandemic impacted the UK’s economy.



Radfield Home Care founder, Dr Hannah MacKechnie welcomes the news: “This news will come as welcome relief to many furloughed workers across the country. With the government’s scheme paying 80% of wages, some individuals may be facing financial difficulties, but this news gives people an opportunity to top-up their income and remove the worry of over-stretched finances. With more individuals looking to enter the care workforce, it also means Radfield Home Care can continue to deliver high quality care services to our vulnerable clients.

“At this time, older people are perhaps more isolated than ever before, and if it wasn’t for our heroic care professionals, some of them may not see anyone for weeks at a time. This change in legislation really is a win-win for everyone involved in the care sector as it creates jobs and ensures high quality care is delivered to society’s most in need.”



With 14 locations across the UK, Radfield Home Care has recently launched its ‘Become a Hero’ recruitment campaign, creating jobs to help relieve the pressure on the NHS, support vulnerable adults within local communities and provide job opportunities for those out of work during coronavirus COVID-19.

In a bid to support those looking for additional income and employment, as part of the Become a Hero campaign, Radfield Home Care will be reaching out to local businesses and their furloughed employees to provide them with opportunities to enter the care workforce and generate additional income.



Trudie Meredith, Radfield Home Care’s marketing manager explains: “There are many individuals across the country that are currently out of work - some supported by the government’s furlough scheme and unfortunately some not. We will be contacting local employers in close proximity to all our locations across the country offering their employees the chance to earn extra income during the coronavirus pandemic.

“However, we have opportunities available for anyone currently seeking employment and invite them to get in touch with us if they are interested. They do not need previous care experience as all training is provided.”



Radfield Home Care specialises in providing award-winning care and support services to the UK’s ageing population within the comfort of their own home. With full time and part time hours available, its care professionals benefit from a unique Caring for our Carers™ pledge that provides excellent rates of pay, a supportive environment and career progression opportunities.

If you have been furloughed or are currently seeking employment, why not find out how you can join our team and #becomeahero by providing care to vulnerable adults in your local community with Radfield Home Care? You can view all of our opportunities here.