Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Job Retention Scheme (furlough) has been extended until March 2021.

The Job Support Scheme which was due to start on 1 November has been postponed until December. Employers small or large, charitable or non-profit, are eligible for the extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Employees will receive 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500.

Businesses have flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work on a part-time basis or furlough them full-time, and will only be asked to cover National Insurance and employer pension contributions.

How to make a claim

HMRC have published a recorded webinar showing you how to make a claim for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

What you need to know

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) allows you to claim for 80% of your employee's wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please note the following key guidelines:

  • Decide whether you want to make your own claim or if you want your agent to act on your behalf - if you have an agent that has authorisation to act for you on PAYE matters, they can make a claim for CJRS on your behalf
  • Only call us if you can't find what you need on GOV.UK - please, wherever possible, leave the phone lines open for those who need us most. All applications will be processed online. After a claim has been submitted it will take six working days for it to be paid - please do not chase up payment during this time
  • Employees should speak to their employers with any questions, not HMRC. HMRC won't be able to answer queries from individual employees

Start you claim


Information that employers need to provide

HMRC have issued a guide explaining the information that employers need to provide to HMRC to make a claim through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It also describes the processes involved.

Additional support

Business support finder

The government have launched a new tool to help you find coronavirus financial support for your business. You may be eligible for loans, tax relief and cash grants; this support finder will help you to see what support is available for you and your business.

Grants for businesses

The government has made two grants available to retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in response to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.