13th July 2020
The government recently announced upcoming changes to the Job Retention Scheme, which change each month slightly from August. From August, the government will continue to pay 80% of wages up to £2,500 but employers will pay the National Insurance (ER NICs) and pension contributions for all furloughed employees. Supporting the furlough process means there are also some hidden costs businesses have had had to make, mainly ensuring Finance and Payroll staff are in work to support the claims process and administer the scheme.
For agency workers who work part-time with an agency and are paid via PAYE, it’s really important their employer supports them during this time. In order to do so, companies will need to look at the financial implications of paying ER NICs and pension contributions for all of their PAYE agency workers, as well as their full-time PAYE staff who are also on furlough. Unfortunately, the new changes to the Job Retention Scheme may not be something all companies or agencies are able to achieve financially and tough decisions are being made across a number of sectors.
We are proud to announce that we are continuing furlough throughout August for our eligible PAYE candidates who have been on furlough during and prior to June. Unfortunately, the Job Retention Scheme stipulates that no additional employees can be added to it at this time, the cut off for enrolling new employees was 10th June. We believe that this decision is the right thing to do for our candidates and we want to reward their loyalty, the Government Job Retention Scheme was put in place to retain staff and that’s exactly why we have decided to carry on with this scheme throughout August.
We’re really pleased to be able to support our candidates during this time and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them in September when schools reopen.
Our dedicated GJRS task group have been working tirelessly to implement the scheme over the past few months, analysing financials and liaising with payroll providers to ensure candidates who work with us via an umbrella company get the information they need – we’d like to thank the team for all of their hard work during this time.
We’ve been supporting our schools during the pandemic, we’ve remained open and have been helping many teachers and support staff find full-time employment for September.
While we can’t say for certain, we anticipate that there will be a lot of work available for supply teachers in the autumn – the governments’ recent announcement that all schools will open highlights this.
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