Last week, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new Jobs Support Scheme. This will replace the current Job Retention Scheme, which ends 31 October 2020. The new job scheme will go live from the 1 November 2020 and will run for 6 months.
Who is eligible?
All small and medium-sized businesses are eligible. Larger businesses must show their turnover has fallen during the pandemic to qualify.
Employers can use the new scheme even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme.
To be eligible, employees will need to be working a minimum of 33% of their hours. For the remaining hours not worked, the Government and employer will pay one-third of wages each.
Only full-time staff will be eligible for the Jobs Support Scheme.
How will it work?
Employers continue to pay wages of staff for the hours they work.
For the hours not worked, the Government and employer will each pay one-third of the employee's salary.
Employees who can only return to work on reduced hours will still be paid two-thirds of the hours that they cannot work. See More >> The challenges presented by the new Job Support Scheme
The level of grant will be calculated based on an employee’s 'usual' salary, capped at £697.92 per month.
An example of this would be:
An employee working 33% of their hours would receive at least 77% of their pay. 22% of this would be paid by the Government, and 55% would be paid by their employer.
The 55% covered by the employer consists of the 33% that the employee has actually worked, plus the 22% that the employer is required to pay.