Job Support Scheme FAQs

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The Job Support Scheme has two different elements: a wage subsidy for businesses that experience reduced demand (which has now been made significantly more generous) and a grant towards the wage costs of businesses that are required to close completely because of local lock-down restrictions.

Overview of the Job Support Scheme

Short-time working
For six months starting at the beginning of November, eligible employers will be able to claim a Government grant to support the wages of staff who are put on short time, provided that they continue to work at least 20% of their normal working hours.

Local lock-down
The Scheme will also provide an alternative package of temporary support over the same period where business premises have been legally required to close as a direct result of tier 3 Coronavirus restrictions. Under this part of the Scheme, the grant per eligible employee will be two-thirds of their normal pay, up to a limit of £2100 per month, for periods during which they are prevented from working because of these restrictions.


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