Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has opened for applications.
This will allow businesses to claim for 80% of your employee’s wages plus any employer National Insurance and pension contributions, if you have put them on furlough because of coronavirus (COVID-19).

There is an employer’s step-by-step guide on how to make a claim:

  • What you’ll need to make a claim.
  • To be registered for PAYE online
  • Your UK bank account number and sort code
  • Your employer PAYE scheme reference number
  • The number of employees being furloughed
  • Each employee’s National Insurance number
  • Each employee’s payroll or employee number (optional)
  • The start date and end date of the claim
  • The full amount you’re claiming for including employer National Insurance contributions and Employer minimum pension contributions
  • Contact name and phone number

You also need to provide either:

  • Your name (or the employer’s name if you’re an agent)
  • Your Corporation Tax unique taxpayer reference
  • Your Self Assessment unique taxpayer reference
  • Your company registration number

The online system can process up to 450,000 applications per hour and employers should receive the money within six working days of making an application. To receive payment by 30 April, you will need to complete an application by 22 April. Please keep a note or printout of your claim reference number as you will not receive a confirmation SMS or email.

There will be webinars from HMRC which provide an overview of the scheme to help employers and employees deal with the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme:

Check out the eligibility guide which clarifies some details, including the date move from 28th Feb to 19th March.