COVID-19: Employer assistance schemes

April 21, 2020 | David Daly 1 Mins read

COVID-19- Employer assistance schemes - UK



In response to the economic impact COVID-19 the UK government has announced a number of financial support measures for businesses, employees and the self-employed. The UK now has in place support measures that cover statutory sick pay, tax, VAT and loss of employee wages due to the ongoing Coronavirus issues affecting the economy. Here, you can find a summary of some of the key changes and links to further information.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Employers who can no longer afford to pay their employers can furlough employees and apply for a grant that covers 80% of their normal wages a month, under this scheme. The objective is to help employers whose operations have been damaged by Coronavirus to keep hold of their employees so they can return to work when it is possible to do so.

This is a temporary scheme in place for 3 months starting from 1 March 2020 but may continue for a longer period.

  • The scheme will refund employers up to 80% of their usual monthly wage costs for each qualifying employee.
  • A maximum payment of £2,500 applies.
  • Employers make normal payroll payments to employees and apply for a grant to cover the cost.
Qualification criteria:

The Scheme is available to employers with a UK payroll including private businesses, charities, and selected public authorities. Employers must have started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 28 February 2020 and hold a current UK bank account.

For full details on this scheme and other policies related to Covid-19 CLICK HERE.

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