According to HMRC, the initial furlough scheme protected almost 10 million jobs over the last eight months. Photo: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Rishi Sunak’s furlough scheme is coming to an end on Saturday 31 October and will be replaced by the new Job Support Scheme (JSS) on Sunday, offering a lifeline to both staff and companies throughout the winter months. 

Combined with the Job Retention Bonus (JRB), the JSS will continue to support millions of workers across the country until April 2021 — covering at least 95% of the total employment costs for average previously furloughed employees.

According to HMRC, the initial furlough scheme protected almost 10 million jobs over the last eight months, in the midst of one of the

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