Employers to pay more for their furloughed staff

Employers will now have to pay more of the costs for their staff who are furloughed as part of the government’s Job Retention Scheme. Staff will continue to receive 80% of their wage, but employers will have to pay more. Since August 2020, the government has paid 80% of the employees’ salaries (up to a maximum), with the employer paying just National Insurance and pension contributions. But from 1 July, the government pays 70%, and employers receiving the grant will have to pay at least 10% of the employees’ salary. That will increase, to employers paying 20% towards their furloughed staff salaries in August and September. After which time, the scheme is due to end. For the latest information visit