Changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

As of 01 July 2021, the level of grant paid to employers through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for hours not worked reduced.

This means employers who have furloughed staff are now required to contribute towards the cost of furloughed employees’ wages.

  • From 01 July 2021, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay 70% (up to £2,187.50) for hours not worked. Employers are required to contribute 10% (up to £312.50).
  • From 01 August 2021, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay 60% (up to £1,875) for hours not worked. Employers are required to contribute 20% (up to £625).
  • From 01 September 2021, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will pay 60% (up to £1,185) for hours not worked. Employers are required to contribute 20% (up to £625).
  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end on 30 September 2021.

The figures above are based on an employee being furloughed 100% of the time.

Employers using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme must continue to pay National Insurance contributions and pension contributions for furloughed staff.

Employers can choose to top up employees’ wages above the 80% total at their own expense.

To find out more about changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, visit gov.uk.