23 October 2020

Revisions to Job Support Scheme

Yesterday, the Government announced that the Job Support Scheme (JSS) which is due to come into force on 1 November 2020, will be revised even before it has come into force.

When originally announced, an employee had to work at least 33% of their hours, with the Government and the employer both paying one third each of the remaining hours, however the original scheme has been abandoned and the scheme now consists of two different types of support, depending on the situation the business is in.

Businesses that are operating but facing decreased demand can get support for wages through JSS Open. Under JSS Open, an employee must work a minimum of 20% of their hours with the employer only required to pay 5% of unworked hours, and the Government paying 61.67% of unworked hours (up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month).

Those businesses that are legally required to close their premises as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions can access JSS Closed. Under JSS Closed, an employee who cannot work will receive two thirds of their normal pay, paid by their employer and fully funded by the Government, to a maximum of £2083.33 per month.

The Job Support Scheme will be open from 1 November 2020 and run until 30 April 2021.

To read more about the details, click here.

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