Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – reduced support from 1st July 2021

James Richardson


Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) – reduced support from 1st July 2021

The Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been hugely successful in providing flexibility for employers during a very challenging time. The latest data has indicated that since the start of the scheme a total of 11.6 million jobs have been supported and roughly 30% of employers are continuing to make use of the scheme at this time.

In line with easing restrictions, July has marked the start of changes for the scheme as employers will be expected to contribute more to continue making use of it.

Previously, you have been able to claim up to 80% of normal pay through the scheme, up to a maximum of £2,500. However as of 01 July 2021 the contributions from the government have been reduced as per the following schedule:

  • From 01 July 2021 you will only be able to claim 70% (up to a maximum of £2,187.50), but will still need to ensure employees receive a minimum of 80% of their normal pay (up to £2,500 per month)
  • From 01 August contributions will be capped at 60% (up to a maximum of £1,875), but again you will need to ensure employees receive a minimum of 80% of their normal pay (up to £2,500 per month)

The scheme is currently scheduled to end on 30 September 2021 and no further support or extension has so far been announced.

It’s also worth noting that for claim periods starting from 01 May 2021, you can claim for employees who were included in an RTI submission between 20 March 2020 to 02 March 2021.

Further Support

For employers, this means continued use of the CJRS will be more costly moving forward and we understand this is likely to cause challenges for employment. If you are in the position where you are considering your options and would like to discuss how French Duncan HR Services can assist you, please do not hesitate to talk to us for further support and guidance. To discuss how we can help you and your business in more detail, please speak to a member of our HR team directly, via the contact details below.

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