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27th October 2020

Update to the Job Support Scheme (JSS)

Filed Under: Coronavirus / COVID-19 updates

The Chancellor has announced changes to the Job Support Scheme after calls for more support for businesses and employees in the UK.

There will now be two versions of the scheme – JSS Open and JSS Closed.

JSS Open

The JSS Open scheme will provide support to businesses that are open, but employees are working shorter hours due to reduced demand for services. The criteria for making use of the scheme is the same as the original JSS, but amounts have been adjusted to better support businesses.

  • Employees must work at least 20% of their usual hours (reduced from 33.33%)
  • For time not worked, employees will receive JSS payment of 66.67% of their usual salary
  • The JSS payment is made up of 61.67% from the government (up from 33.33%) and 5% from the employer (down from 33.33%)

The scheme is available to all businesses in the UK, so long as they have a UK bank account and UK PAYE scheme

JSS Closed

The JSS Closed scheme supports businesses that have been legally required to close their premises, as a result of local lockdown restrictions. This includes premises restricted to delivery or collection-only services and those restricted to providing food or drink outdoors.

Under this scheme, the government will fund 2/3rds of employee’s usual wages for time not worked (up to a maximum of £2,083.33 per month), in a similar fashion to the Furlough scheme.

Employers will not be required to contribute, but are able to top up the government’s payment if so desired. National Insurance and pension contributions are still required by the employer.

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