Yes. It is common that there is enough work for only some employees, meaning some would be furloughed and some would continue working. The scheme allows employers to rotate staff to make it fairer.

 

In choosing which staff to furlough, it may be a natural choice due to the areas in which the employees normally work. However, if not employers have a few options: 

 

  • Ask for volunteers; 
  • Prioritise those who are shielding, vulnerable or have health concerns; 

 

Any other method for selection would be ok as long as the reasons for choosing employees are not discriminatory e.g. singling out someone because of their sexuality, race etc.