Following on from our recent article the government have announced further changes to the Job Retention Scheme which is due to close on 31st October 2020.

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

A timetable for changes to the scheme from 1st September 2020 is set out below:

Please note, 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 working hours.

  • From 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 employer national insurance and pension contributions and top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, for the time they are furloughed.
  • From 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 employer national insurance and pension contributions and top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% of their wages up to a cap of £2,500, for the time they are furloughed.

Employers will continue to be 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 below highlights the government contribution, required employer contribution and amount the employee receives where the employee is furloughed for 100% of the time (wage caps are proportional to the hours not worked);

 July 2020August 2020September 2020October 2020
Government contribution: Employer NICs and pensionYesNoNoNo
Government contribution: Wages80% capped at £2,50080% capped at £2,50070% capped at £2,187.5060% capped at £1,875
Employer contribution: Employer NICs and pensionNoYesYesYes
Employer contribution: Wages10% capped at £312.5020% capped at £625.00
Employee receives80% capped at £2,500 per month80% capped at £2,500 per month80% capped at £2,500 per month80% capped at £2,500 per month

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