Support for employees

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

If you're not working because of coronavirus, your employer could pay 80% of your regular wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

If you've been furloughed, from 1 July 2020 your employer will be able to bring you back to work on a part-time basis.

The scheme has been extended to 31 March 2021.

Stockport Jobs Match

Stockport Jobs Match is a dedicated jobs board, training directory and careers hub. It was set up at the start of the coronavirus outbreak and is an online service where employers needing extra staff, can match with individuals seeking employment.

As a jobseeker you can:

  • find part-time, full-time, temporary or permanent jobs in Stockport and within 10 miles of the borough
  • upload your CV to apply for matching jobs in a few clicks from any device
  • register for job alerts to stay informed about new jobs
  • search for apprenticeship jobs, traineeships and volunteering opportunities

You can also find access to support with CV’s, advice and guidance.

If you're a jobseeker, register online to start looking for work.

You can find out more on their:

GM Business Growth Hub

You can find more support and information on the GM Business Growth Hub website.

Job centres

All job centres are now closed. For urgent enquiries you can call Stockport Job Centre on any of the following numbers:

  • 0161 429 2042
  • 0161 429 2017
  • 0161 429 2226
  • 0161 429 2093

Universal Credit

Visit the Understanding Universal Credit website for guidance on how to claim Universal Credit.

Employment Legal Advice

Employment Legal Advice is a new service to help people across Greater Manchester to access free employment-related legal support. The service has been set up by The Growth Company, Citizens Advice Manchester and a network of legal experts. It's designed to help people access the right advice at the right time, as quickly as possible.

You can get advice about:

  • employment rights
  • redundancy
  • pay cuts
  • terms
  • disputes

An advisor will review the case and decide on the correct pathway. They may refer you to an expert from the network of legal partners.

For more information:

The Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit is a new online platform hosted on the GOV.UK website which offers free high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up your skills, progress in work and boost your job prospects.

Employers are also encouraged to use the toolkit to help support and develop furloughed employees who are interested in learning from home.

Work and Health Programme

If you're unemployed and have a disability or health condition, the Work and Health Programme provides personalised support to help you return to work. Stockport residents and partner organisations can make direct referrals to the programme.

Emotional wellbeing and mental health support

If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, low or not okay you can find support in Stockport to help you. Find information on our emotional wellbeing and mental health support pages.