COVID-19 – UK job retention scheme now open for claims

Apr 20, 2020

A week is a long time in a pandemic. That’s certainly true in relation to the job retention scheme. Since last week this scheme’s employee eligibility start date has been extended from 28 February 2020 to employees on payroll at 19 March 2020, the scheme will now run for four months until 30 June 2020, the guidance has been updated multiple times and the online portal has now launched today, 20 April, for claims by employers and agents on their behalf. To receive payment by 30 April, employers will need to complete an application by 22 April.

Employees that were employed as of 28 February 2020 and on payroll (i.e. notified to HMRC on an RTI submission on or before 28 February 2020) and were made redundant or stopped working for an employer after that, and prior to 19 March 2020, can also qualify for the scheme if re-employed and put on furlough. A calculator has also been published to help employers work out 80% of employees' wages to claim through the job retention scheme.

Now that the scheme is open for applications and we expect only minor tweaks to the guidance in future, we’ll be developing resources for members which will be launched later this week on our COVID-19 hub.

Updated links to the latest guidance are provided below:-

Members are also advised to regularly check the availability and any issues affecting the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.