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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

Kickstart Scheme

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate

Support for self-employed individuals (SEISS)

COVID-19 recruitment hub

Job Support Scheme

Update: On October 22 the Chancellor announced a significant increase in generosity and reach of the winter support schemes to ensure livelihoods and jobs across the UK continue to be protected in the difficult months to come.

When originally announced, the JSS – which will come into effect on November 1 – saw employers paying a third of their employees’ wages for hours not worked and required employers to be working 33% of their normal hours.

Today’s announcement reduces the employer contribution to those unworked hours to just 5%, and reduces the minimum hours requirements to 20%, so those working just one day a week will be eligible. That means that if someone was being paid £587 for their unworked hours, the government would be contributing £543 and their employer only £44.

Employers will continue to receive the £1,000 Job Retention Bonus. The Job Support Scheme Closed for businesses legally required to close remains unchanged.

More information can be found here.

A new Job Support Scheme will be introduced from November 1 to protect viable jobs in businesses who are facing lower demand over the winter months due to coronavirus.

Under the scheme, which will run for six months and help keep employees attached to the workforce, the government will contribute towards the wages of employees who are working fewer than normal hours due to decreased demand.

Employers will continue to pay the wages of staff for the hours they work - but for the hours not worked, the government and the employer will each pay one third of their equivalent salary.

This means employees who can only go back to work on shorter time will still be paid two thirds of the hours for those hours they can’t work.

In order to support only viable jobs, employees must be working at least 33% of their usual hours. The level of grant will be calculated based on employee’s usual salary, capped at £697.92 per month.

The Job Support Scheme will be open to businesses across the UK even if they have not previously used the furlough scheme, with further guidance being published in due course.

It is designed to sit alongside the Jobs Retention Bonus and could be worth over 60% of average wages of workers who have been furloughed – and are kept on until the start of February 2021.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

From August 1, 2020, you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your furloughed employees’ wages.

All UK employers will be able to access temporary support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

The scheme will close to new entrants from June 30. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have already furloughed for a full 3 week period prior to this date of June 30.

This means that the final date by which an employer can furlough an employee for the first time will be June 10, in order for the current 3 week furlough period to be completed by June 30. Employers will have until July 31 to make any claims in respect of the period to June 30.

Find out more information on how the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is changing here.

You can see guidance for employers on eligibility and other aspects of the scheme here.

Guidance for individual employees is available here.

More information can be found here.

FAQs from the British Chambers of Commerce can be found here.

Furloughed workers are able to undergo training under current guidance, and Skills Development Scotland has issued a list of training providers here.

Job Retention Bonus

A Job Retention Bonus will be introduced to help firms keep furloughed workers. UK Employers will receive a one-off bonus of £1,000 for each furloughed employee who is still employed as of 31 January 2021.

More information can be found here.

Kickstart Scheme

A Kickstart Scheme will be launched to create jobs for young people across the country. Those aged 16-24, claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, will be eligible. Funding available for each six-month job placement will cover 100% of the National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week – and employers will be able to top this wage up.

More information can be found here.

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) rebate

Employees who follow advice to stay at home and who cannot work as a result will be eligible for statutory sick pay (SSP), even if they are not themselves sick. Small and medium-sized businesses (fewer than 250 employees) will be able to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid for staff sickness absence due to coronavirus. This refund will cover up to two weeks’ SSP per eligible employee who has been off work because of coronavirus.

The online service you’ll use to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is now open

For more information and to make a claim click here.

Support for self-employed individuals (SEISS)

Use this scheme if you're self-employed or a member of a partnership and have lost income due to coronavirus.

The scheme will allow you to claim a taxable grant of 80% of your average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single installment covering three months, and capped at £7,500 altogether. You’ll be able to make a claim for a second and final grant capped at £6,570 in August 2020.

The scheme is now closed to new claims for the first grant. You can make a claim for the second grant if you’re eligible, even if you did not make a claim for the first grant.

The online service is now available. Make your claim from the date HMRC gave you.

Applications for the second and final grant are now open.

You can check your eligibility for the scheme here.

Update: The Government announced on October 22 the increase of the amount of profits covered by the two forthcoming self-employed grants from 20% to 40%, meaning the maximum grant will increase from £1,875 to £3,750.

More information can be found here.

COVID-19 recruitment hub

A free service for employers currently looking to fill jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic has been launched. The Job Hub has been developed by Skills Development Scotland in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information can be found here.