Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced the furlough scheme will be extended until the end of March.
Sunak said it would "give people across the UK certainty over the winter".
Employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to £2,500 a month.
All employers will have to pay for hours not worked is the cost of employer National Insurance and pension contributions.
There will be a review in January to decide whether to ask employers to contribute more.
While the Job Retention Bonus will fall away, the government will instead redeploy a retention incentive "at the appropriate time".