General advice for private sector workers

This page was last updated on 30 March at 09.45

While the majority of our members work for public sector employers such as councils and schools, we represent many other members who work in the private sector delivering essential public services such as residential care, outsourced council services, home care, and school meals.

Our members working for private sector companies do not have the same protections and entitlements as public sector workers. In particular most private sector employers do not pay occupational sick pay which means you are probably only entitled to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)

Check out the ACAS advice for all employers and employees

My employer has closed, or shut down. Can I still be paid?

Normally, when a business has to close either because the government has told it to, or because demand has dropped, your employer must continue to pay you your normal wage OR make you redundant. Given the current circumstances it is likely that employers would have to make you redundant as many will not be getting any income to pay wages.

However, the government has launched a job retention scheme, which means workers can be put on to something called Furlough. This means, rather than being made redundant, you can be kept ‘on the books’ and the government will pay up to 80% of your wage.

Further details and advice about furlough