Coronavirus : Guidance for businesses

Job retention scheme

Guidance for businesses unable to pay staff due to the impact of COVID-19

Who can claim

You must have:

  • created and started a PAYE payroll scheme on or before 19 March 2020
  • enrolled for PAYE online
  • a UK bank account

Any entity with a UK payroll can apply, including businesses, charities, recruitment agencies and public authorities.


The government will provide grants to employers to pay 80 per cent of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month.

Payments will be backdated to 1 March 2020.

How to access

Find out if you’re eligible and how much you can claim to cover wages for employees on temporary leave.

If your business needs short term cash flow support, you may be eligible for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan.