Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was introduced by the UK government to support employers and businesses as part of its response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This allowed all UK employers with employees on a Pay As You Earn (PAYE) scheme to designate some or all employees as “furloughed workers”. See Furlough for more information. 

The scheme allowed employers to access government support to continue paying 80% of their furloughed employees’ salaries, and potentially protect their employees from redundancy. 

The first phase of the scheme finished at the end of June 2020 and a second flexible phase ran between June and October 2020. The scheme was extended into a third phase from November 2020 to March 2021. 

Use upper case and, if you use the CJRS acronym, make sure you introduce the acronym in brackets after the full name on first use in each section.