Job Support Scheme

The Job Support Scheme is replacing the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme when it comes to an end on 31st October 2020.

Support for businesses that are forced to close

Who can apply?

The Job Support Scheme has been expanded to support businesses whose premises are legally required to close as a direct result of coronavirus restrictions.

This means that businesses forced to shut since Liverpool City Region was placed under 'very high' tier-three restrictions on 14th October 2020 can apply for financial support to cover staff wages.

These businesses includes pubs, bars, leisure centres, gyms and adult gaming centres. For a full list please visit GOV.UK.

How much?

The expanded scheme will pay two thirds (67%) of each employees’ salary, up to £2,100 a month from 1st November 2020. Employers will not be required to contribute towards wages but will be asked to cover National Insurance and pension contributions.

To help cover wages for the period of time before 1st November, businesses can apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme but only where they have previously made a claim.

For more information you can view the Chancellor’s announcement on the expanded Job Support Scheme at GOV.UK.

How to apply

From December 2020 businesses will be able to make a claim on a monthly basis through the GOV.UK website.

Support for business struggling due to the impact of Covid-19

Who can apply?

If you cannot maintain your workforce due to lower demand over the winter months as a result of Covid-19, you can apply to the Job Support Scheme for a grant to cover a portion of your usual monthly wage costs.

How much?

From 1st November 2020, the government will cover the cost of a third of the hours not worked by an employee, with the employer also contributing a third. Employees must work a minimum of 33% of their usual hours with employers covering the contracted wages for hours worked. This will ensure that staff earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wages.

The scheme will open on 1st November 2020 and run until April 2021. The minimum hour’s threshold of 33% will be reviewed after three months.

How to apply

From December 2020 businesses will be able to make a claim on a monthly basis through the GOV.UK website.

Job Retention Bonus

Employers will be eligible for a one off £1,000 taxable payment for each employee that a claim has made for through the Job Support Scheme that is then kept continuously employed for a period of time, to be confirmed, afterwards. More information about the Job Retention Bonus will be published on GOV.UK.