Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - Update

The Government has provided further details on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the scheme that includes 'furloughing' employees.

In summary:

  • Organisation needs to get agreement from employees to designate them as furloughed workers and reduce their pay to 80%, capped at £2,500 per month
  • Organisation can designate employees as a furloughed worker if they are PAYE and were on your books on 28th February 2020
  • The scheme applies to all types of employee contract including full time, part time, zero hours and variable hours
  • Once people recover after being on sick leave or in self-isolation, they can be furloughed
  • Anyone made redundant from 28th February 2020 can agree to be brought back and placed on furlough
  • Furlough must be for a minimum three weeks, but employees can be placed on furlough more than once
  • Wages must be paid to employees first and then reclaimed through an online portal


The full additional information can be found on the Government website here


ARCA previously provided details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on Thursday 26th March.  These details are available here