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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The first time you will be able to make claims for days in July will be 1 July, you cannot claim for periods in July before this point.

  • 31 July is the last day that you can submit claims for periods ending on or before 30 June.


  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will close on 31 October 2020.


  • From 1 July, employers can bring furloughed employees back to work for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for the hours not worked. Originally, furloughed employees couldn't do any work for their employer, but they can now go back to work part-time.
    For example, an employer could pay someone to work two days a week, while the furlough scheme would cover the other three days not worked. 


  • From 1 August 2020, the level of grant will be reduced each month.To be eligible for the grant employers must pay furloughed employees 80% of their wages, up to a cap of £2,500 per month for the time they are being furloughed.


  • The timetable for changes to the scheme is set out below. Wage caps are proportional to the hours an employee is furloughed. For example, an employee is entitled to 60% of the £2,500 cap if they are placed on furlough for 60% of their usual hours:


  • For June and July, the government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 for the hours the employee is on furlough, as well as employer National Insurance Contributions (ER NICS) and pension contributions for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will have to pay employees for the hours they work.


  • For August, the government will pay 80% of wages up to a cap of £2,500 for the hours an employee is on furlough and employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions for the hours the employee is on furlough.


  • For September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, for time they are furloughed.


  • For October, the government will pay 60% of wages up to a cap of £1,875 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will pay ER NICs and pension contributions and top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, for time they are furloughed.


  • Employers will continue to able to choose to top up employee wages above the 80% total and £2,500 cap for the hours not worked at their own expense if they wish. Employers will have to pay their employees for the hours worked.


  • The table shows Government contribution, required employer contribution and amount employee receives where the employee is furloughed 100% of the time.


Can I be made redundant while on furlough?

Yes. Employees can be made redundant at any point during the scheme, or when it ends. If they are entitled to redundancy pay it would be calculated based on the amount they earned before furlough.

Can I work if I've been furloughed?

  • When the scheme began, furloughed staff weren't able to do any work for their employer. However, they can now be brought back to work on a part-time basis.


  • This coincides with the reopening of the hospitality sector in England, which was particularly badly hit by the lockdown. Some furloughed staff will be able to return to work at pubs, bars and restaurants when they open to the public in England on 4 July.


  • In the meantime, those on furlough can volunteer in the community or even for their company as long as they aren't creating revenue or providing a service.


  • Employers can give employees additional training, but must top up furlough payments if they do not reach minimum wage for the period spent doing the training.



  • If you work for more than one firm, you can receive furlough from any of them, up to £2,500 a month per employer.


  • You can continue working for any that still need you or start working for a new employer, provided you are not breaching any existing contracts.


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