Employment Support Services

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information and Employment Support Available

Please see below for links to key information and support available if your employment has been affected by coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Government & NHS information

For latest updates from government and information on support available, visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus

For latest updates from the National Health Service, visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

For latest government information and advice on job searching, please visit https://jobhelp.campaign.gov.uk/

For latest government information and advice for employers, please visit https://employerhelp.dwp.gov.uk/

Benefits information & financial help

Benefits and Covid-19

If you are unable to work due to COVID-19 there may be financial help available.

You may find this short guide helpful: https://www.pkc.gov.uk/bensandcovid19

Perth and Kinross Welfare Rights Team: www.pkc.gov.uk/welfarerights

Universal Credit

For up to date information on coronavirus and claiming benefits from the JobcentrePlus including changes to appointments, changes to assessments, and claiming Universal Credit please visit: Universal Credit - Coronavirus.

Support with finding work

Skills and Employment Initiatives (The Hub) offers an 'all purpose' employability suite in the heart of Perth to support business and employability activity. https://www.pkc.gov.uk/thehub

Employability Pipeline Part Funded by the European Social Fund is a programme of support in five stages. The programme involves many different organisations who work together to help you move from unemployment into sustainable work read more about the programme here: https://www.employabilitypipelinepositivefutures.org.uk/

Perth and Kinross Employability Network services for young people and adults with additional challenges and barriers to work ( disabilities, illness or a history of offending).http://www.pkemploy.net/

Skills Development Scotland are also supporting jobseekers and businesses with recruitment and support, please access further details here.

For jobseekers - https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/

For employers - https://www.ourskillsforce.co.uk/help-with-recruitment/covid-employer-vacancy-landing-page

Advice agencies & food banks

Advice Agencies

Perth Citizen Advice Bureau

01738 450 580 (Help Line)

Perth and Kinross Welfare rights team

You can phone the Welfare Rights Advice Line on 01738 476900 (option 1) or you can email:

Food Banks

If you are struggling to buy food and need some help, please contact your local foodbank:

Support for employees impacted by COVID-19


ACAS also has up to date information and advice for employees affected by the impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Redundancy Support

The Scottish Government’s Partnership for Continuing Employment (PACE) is a well-established service to support individuals and employers dealing with redundancy redundancyscotland.co.uk

Support for businesses impacted by COVID-19

The Scottish Government have established a helpline as a first point of contact for employers. The helpline number is 0300 303 0660 and is available Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 5:30pm. Advice and support for employers covering a broad range of topics affecting business continuity is available at findbusinesssupport.gov.scot

Support from local business organisations


Business Gateway Tayside

Business Gateway Tayside is one of the Council's interfaces with business 01738 658177



Growbiz can assist rural businesses, and are working to provide immediate reassurance to businesses in Perth and Kinross 01828 627790 or connect@growbiz.co.uk

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is an independent voice for local businesses in Perth & Kinross

01738 448325 or by email to info@perthshirechamber.co.uk

Also see their business and employer guidance

Federation of Small Businesses

The Federation of Small Businesses can provide you with advice and guidance on reducing the risks from the Covid-19 virus to you and your business.

0808 20 20 888 or https://www.fsb.org.uk/campaign/covid19.html

Other support available


Advice about volunteering during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here:

Mental Health

This is a time in insecurity, and many will be feeling worried or stressed about the impact of Covid-19 on their mental health. There is guidance and support available here: www.samh.org.uk/about-mental-health/self-help-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-and-your-mental-wellbeing and you can get information about local and immediate support here: https://mindspacepk.com