The government have now released further details on how the Job retention scheme will work in respect of employers being able to claim up to 80% of the wages of staff whose jobs are no longer available in the short term due to Covid-19.

Key points:

  • Employees must’ve been employed before 28th February 2020
  • Includes all types of contracts including zero-hour contracts
  • 80% of salary or average pay over the last 12 months (or from start date for those with less than 12 months employment)
  • No work can be carried out during furlough
  • Minimum furlough period of 3 weeks.

The full guidance can be found in the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme#claim