Employers can apply from next Thursday for the fifth period of the temporary Emergency Measure Bridging Employment (NOW).

They can apply for an allowance for wage costs from the UWV for the months of April to June, the benefits agency reports Monday.

According to the UWV, the counter will open ten days earlier than originally planned and will also remain open longer than during the previous rounds.

Employers can go there up to and including 30 June.

The conditions in the fifth NOW period are unchanged.

Employers with at least 20 percent loss of turnover over a period of three months are eligible for an allowance of a maximum of 85 percent of the wage costs for the months of April to June.

Initially, the UWV pays an advance of 80 percent of the allowance.

The advance is paid in three installments.