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HMRC Job Retention scheme


Under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, all UK employers will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees' salary for those employees that would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis.

Check your eligibility for the scheme

See Gov.uk: Check if you are eligible for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

What you need to do

Employers need to:

  • Designate affected employees as 'furloughed workers,' and notify employees of this change. Changing the status of employees remains subject to existing employment law and, depending on the employment contract, may be subject to negotiation;
  • Submit information to HMRC about the employees that have been furloughed and their earnings through a new online portal - Gov.uk: Claim for your employee’s wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention SchemeHMRC will reimburse 80% of furloughed workers wage costs, up to a cap of £2,500 per month.
  • HMRC are working urgently to set up a system for reimbursement. Existing systems are not set up to facilitate payments to employers. If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a loan through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.

Further information

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