How will the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme operate in the extended period until 30 September 2021?

The Government has extended the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to remain open until 30 September 2021.

Until 30 June 2021, the Government will cover 80% of furloughed employees' wages for the hours they do not work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The employer will be responsible for paying the employer national insurance contributions (NICs) and pension contributions. Employers will not be required to contribute to employees' wage costs other than NICs and pension contributions (but they can choose to top up employees' wages at their own expense).

During July 2021, the scheme will cover 70% of the employee's wages and the employer will be required to contribute 10%, so the employee will continue to receive 80% of their normal wages, up to the maximum of £2,500 (although employers can top this up further). The employer is responsible for paying NICs and pension contributions.

During August and September 2021, the scheme will cover 60% of the employee's wages and the employer will be required to contribute 20%, so the employee will continue to receive 80% of their normal wages, up to the maximum of £2,500 (although employers can top this up further). The employer is responsible for paying NICs and pension contributions.

The ability to flexibly furlough employees will continue, so employees will be able to work part time. Employers must pay employees in full for the hours they work.