UK Job Retention Scheme (JRS) FAQs

The Job Retention Scheme (JRS) is a temporary scheme designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by covid-19, to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. Further information can be found at here.


FAQs
What is furlough?

Furlough is ‘temporary leave’ that forms part of the UK Government’s Job Retention Scheme (JRS). This scheme is a temporary scheme designed to help employers whose operations have been severely affected by covid-19, to retain their employees and protect the UK economy. Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme.

Who can apply for furlough?

All UK employers who are unable to maintain their current workforce because their operations are severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic can furlough employees and apply for a grant.  It is designed to help employers impacted by coronavirus to retain their employees and protect the UK economy.

Is furlough mandatory?

No, it is not mandatory. Whether to use this scheme is at the employer’s discretion, they can opt to use the JRS, lay off workers with no or reduced pay, or terminate the worker’s employment (redundancy).

Can anyone be put on the Job Retention Scheme?

Any individual who is on an employer's PAYE payroll can be put on the JRS scheme provided they were on the PAYE payroll on 30 October 2020.

There should be a reasonable belief that there will be work for the individual once the JRS scheme ends. When the JRS scheme ends the business can decide, based on circumstances, whether the individual can return to their duties.

Further information can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

What do I need to do if I would like to furlough temporary workers?

If you are a customer of ours and you are planning to make any changes to your requirement for temporary workers, we would be grateful if you could contact us in advance so that we can work pro-actively with you on the options available and provide the necessary support to our impacted workers.