This toolkit provides guidance for managing furlough and the Job Retention Scheme. It provides links to key information and templates on the website. This information is being continually checked and updated.

Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme (JRS)

The Government announced its plans on 20 March 2020 for financial assistance to help employers retain employees for an extended period of time, although offering no work, and to avoid lay-offs due to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government’s scheme is called the Job Retention Scheme and aims to avoid lay-offs or redundancies where employers are unable to offer work to their employees.

The Government’s JRS means that employers are able to place their employees on “furlough”. This is a term which is typically used in the US and essentially means putting employees on a temporary leave of absence where they are not required to work but are retained on the books to be brought back in when needed. Employers who do this will be able to obtain a grant from the Government to cover 80% of “furloughed employees” wages, to a maximum of £2500 per employee per month.

Guidance was released on 17 April 2020, which deals specifically with schools, early years providers and children’s social care.


Last reviewed 13 May 2020