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Has the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) been extended?

Yes. The government’s CJRS – also known as the furlough scheme – has been extended across the UK until 31 March 2021.

If you’re furloughed, you’ll receive up to 80% of your current salary for the hours you don’t work, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month, (depending on the level of non-working hours). Your employer will continue to pay National Insurance (NI) contributions and pension contributions.

Businesses can choose to bring furloughed employees back to work part-time or furlough them full-time.

Neither employers nor employees need to have previously used the CJRS in order to access the extended scheme.

Any employees who were made redundant after 23 September – when the Job Support Scheme (JSS) was announced – can be brought back on to the scheme.

The JSS, which was due to replace the CJRS on 1 November, has been postponed until the furlough scheme ends.

You can find out more about the changes to the scheme here.

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