Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme



Update below: 12 May 2020

  • The furlough scheme provided by the government has been extended for a further 4 months to October 2020. 

  • It will continue to pay 80% of salaries up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

  • Companies will be asked to start sharing the cost of the scheme from August. 

  • The scheme will now also allow for workers to return to work on a part-time basis.

How to access the scheme

You will need to:

  • have employees who have created or started a payroll scheme on or before 19 March 

  • designate affected employees as ‘furloughed workers,’ and notify your employees of this change 

  • submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through the online portal


More information:

  • The scheme is now live - as of 20 April

  • Applicants access the system using their current government gateway login

  • Following the initial backdated claims, claims can be made no more than 14 days before payrolls are run but will be accepted for the different pay periods 

  • Tax agents who are authorised to act for PAYE matters will be able to file claims on behalf of their clients  

  • Employees can be full-time, part time, agency, flexible or zero hours

  • CJRS relief can be backdated to the 1 March, but will be limited to being backdated to the day the employee completely stopped undertaking duties of the employment post 1 March

What you get 80% of?

Gross salary as at 28/02/2020 excluding fees, commissions and bonuses.

Different rules apply for wages that are hourly/zero hours.


Is tax payable on the sums paid?






Does employer have to top up wages


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