As the end of the Furlough scheme is approaching, the government have introduced a Job Support Scheme (JSS) which will open on 1 November and run for six months, until 30 April 2021.

There are two variations of the Job Support Scheme, JSS Open and JSS Closed.

JSS Open:

The JSS Open scheme will provide support to businesses that are open, where employees are working shorter hours due to reduced demand.

  • Employees will need to work at least 20% of their usual hours.
  • The employer continues to pay employees for the hours they work.
  • The UK government will pay a contribution of 61.67% of the usual pay for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month.
  • The employer will pay 5% of the usual pay for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £125 per month (this can be topped up but it’s optional).
  • This results in the employee receiving at least two thirds of their usual pay for hours not worked.

JSS Closed:

The JSS Closed scheme will provide support to businesses whose premises are legally required to close as a direct result of Coronavirus restrictions.

  • The UK government will fund two thirds of employees’ usual wages for time not worked, up to a maximum of £2,083.33 per month.
  • The employer is not required to contribute; however, it is optional to top up the government’s contributions if the employer chooses to do so.

In both variations of the scheme, the employer will need to cover all employer National Insurance and pension contributions.

You’ll be able to make your first JSS claim in arrears from 8‌‌‌ ‌December, for pay periods ending and paid in November.

If you are an employer:

If we manage your payroll scheme already, you do not need to worry about the above. We will contact you regarding your payroll, if this scheme applies to you.

If you manage your own payroll, contact Michelle in our payroll department and we can see how you can assist you! Contact us on 01724 848343 or at payroll@ssmithaccountants.co.uk