PWA Job Support Scheme Update (October 23rd 2020)

Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) will open on 1‌‌‌ ‌November and run for six months, until 30‌‌‌ ‌April 2021. The government has said it will review the terms of the scheme in January 2021.

There are two variations to JSS – JSS Open and JSS Closed.

The UK government announced yesterday it will be increasing support through the existing Job Support and self-employed schemes.

JSS Open

This will provide support to businesses that are open where employees are working shorter hours due to reduced demand.

Your employees will need to work at least 20% of their usual hours.

The employer will continue to pay employees for the hours they work, and the UK government will pay a contribution of 61.67% of the usual pay for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month.

The employer will pay 5% of the usual pay for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £125 per month, and the employer can top this up further if they so choose.

This means employees should receive at least two thirds of their usual pay for hours not worked.

The caps are reduced according to the proportion of hours not worked.

The employer will need to cover all employer National Insurance and pension contributions.

JSS Closed

This will provide support to businesses whose premises are legally required to close as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions set by one of the four governments of the UK. This includes premises restricted to delivery or collection-only services from their premises, and those restricted to providing food and/or drinks outdoors.

For JSS Closed, the UK government will fund two thirds of employees’ usual wages for time not worked, up to a maximum of £2,083.33 per month.

The employer will not be required to contribute, but you can top up the government’s contribution if you choose to.

You will still need to cover all employer National Insurance and pension contributions.

When you can claim

You’ll be able to make your first JSS claim in arrears from 8‌‌‌ ‌December, for pay periods ending and paid in November.

Job Retention Bonus (JRB)

You’ll be able to claim a one-off payment of £1,000 for every eligible employee you furloughed and claimed for through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS), kept continuously employed until at least 31‌‌‌ ‌January 2021 and who meets the other eligibility criteria.

This money does not have to be paid to your employee.

You will be able to claim the bonus between 15‌‌‌ ‌February and 31‌‌‌ ‌March. To do this you must have submitted PAYE information for the period up to 5‌‌‌ ‌February 2021 on time.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – closes on 31‌‌‌ ‌October

This scheme closes on 31‌‌‌ ‌October and you will need to make any final claims on or before 30‌‌‌ ‌November.

You will not be able to submit or add to any claims after 30‌‌‌ ‌November.

From 1‌‌‌ ‌October, the UK government has paid employers 60% of usual wages up to a cap of £1,875 per month for the hours furloughed that employees do not work.

You must continue to pay your furloughed employees at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

The employer must fund the difference between this and the CJRS grant yourself.

The caps are proportional to the hours not worked.

For example, if your employee is furloughed for half their usual hours in October, you are entitled to claim 60% of their usual wages for the hours they do not work, up to £937.50 (half of £1,875 cap).

You must still pay your employee at least 80% of their usual wages for the hours they don’t work, so for someone only working half their usual hours you’d need to pay them up to £1,250 (half of £2,500 cap), funding the remaining portion yourself.

The employer must also continue to pay employer National Insurance and pension contributions from their own funds.

You must keep the records that support the amount of CJRS grant you have claimed in case HMRC needs to check it.

You can now view, print or download copies of your previously submitted claims by logging onto your CJRS service on GOV‌‌‌‌.UK.