Coronavirus Job Retention Bonus Criteria

The Job Retention Bonus aims to provide additional support to employers…

As referenced in our Summer Statement update and following on from our June article on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has outlined the requirements for the Job Retention Bonus (JRB) that follows the furlough scheme as part of the Government's measures to support the economy through COVID-19.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) ends on 31 October 2020 and the JRB aims to provide additional support to employers who keep their furloughed employees in meaningful employment.

The JRB is a one-off payment to employers of £1,000 for every employee they previously claimed for under the scheme and who remains continuously employed through to 31 January 2021. Eligible employees must earn at least £520 a month on average between the 1 November 2020 and 31 January 2021. Employers will be able to claim the JRB after they have filed PAYE for January and payments will be made to employers from February 2021.

All employers are eligible for the scheme including recruitment agencies and umbrella companies. They should ensure they have complied with their obligations to pay and file PAYE accurately and on time under the Real Time Information (RTI) reporting system, maintained enrolment for PAYE online and have a UK bank account.

HMRC will publish further details about this process before the end of September 2020.

For more information on the Job Retention Bonus, or other aspects of HR and payroll, please contact:

Tim Baker
Tel: +44 (0)20 3667 5971

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