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.


We have updated the feature article section with a new feature which details the changes to the scheme from 1 August 2021.

Furlough and the Job Retention Scheme (JRS)

In March 2020, the Government announced its plans for financial assistance to help employers retain employees for an extended period of time through the Job Retention Scheme. This means that employers are able to place their employees on “furlough” — 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 can obtain a grant from the Government to cover the furloughed employees’ wages.

Extensions to Furlough

After multiple extensions, the JRS was due to end on 31 October 2020. However, the Job Retention Scheme has been extended until the end of September 2021. See our feature Extended Job Retention Scheme (Furlough) FAQs (November 2020 onwards).

Flexible Furlough

Flexible furlough means arranging part-time work with staff who will be classed as on furlough for the remainder of their usual working hours. Flexible furlough is permitted under the extended Job Retention Scheme. See our Flexible Furlough under the Job Retention Scheme Q&As

Job Retention Bonus (JRB)

In July 2020, a new Job Retention Bonus (JRB) was announced. However, as a result of the JRS extensions, the JRB will no longer be provided.

Job Support Scheme (JSS)

In September, the JSS was announced to replace the JRS in November; however, due to the extensions to the JRS, the JSS has been postponed indefinitely.

Furlough news items

  • Budget 2021: jabs, jobs and jump-starting growth

  • Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes


Last reviewed 12 August 2021