Primark reject £30m Job Retention Bonus from government

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National budget retailer Primark has announced that it will not take advantage of a £30m handout from the government.

During Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s ‘Summer Budget’ last week, the Job Retention Bonus was revealed. It meant that all businesses will be paid £1,000 for each employee they bring back from furlough.

Sunak said: “One of the most important things we can do to prevent unemployment is to get as many people as possible from furlough back to their jobs.”

Primark placed more 30,000 workers across the UK, but will not be taking up the offer from the government – and all staff have already been brought back to work.

A statement from the company’s owner Associated British Foods read: “The company removed its employees from government employment support schemes in the UK and Europe in line with the reopening of the majority of its stores. The company believes it should not be necessary therefore to apply for payment under the bonus scheme on current circumstances.”

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