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HMRC COVID-19 Update: Job Retention Bonus

Date: Thursday 09 July 2020

The Chancellor has now announced the introduction of the Job Retention Bonus. This is a one-off payment of £1,000 to employers that have used the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for each furloughed employee who remains continuously employed until 31 January 2021. The bonus will provide additional support to retain employees.

To be eligible, employees will need to:

Employers will be able to claim the bonus from February 2021 once accurate RTI data to 31 January has been received. More information about this scheme will be available by 31 July and full guidance will be published in the Autumn.

For more information, search 'plan for jobs' on GOV.UK.

Updates on CJRS scheme

HMRC are contacting selected employers to discuss their claims. These calls will be to check they haven’t made any mistakes and to help make sure they’re claiming the correct amount.

Further support
Live webinars on changes to the scheme and how they impact you are available to book online – search 'help and support if your business is affected by coronavirus' on GOV.UK. Please leave our phone lines open for those who need them most.

Businesses are urged to stay vigilant about scams which may mimic government messages as a way of appearing authentic and unthreatening. Search 'scams' on GOV.UK for information on how to recognise genuine HMRC contact. You can also forward suspicious emails claiming to be from HMRC to phishing@hmrc.gov.uk and texts to 60599.