Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme 

Yesterday, HMRC released further details of how you can claim for your employees’ furloughed wages. 

If we are registered with HMRC as your PAYE agents we can make the claim on your behalf. 


What you’ll need to make a claim 

Employers should discuss with their staff and make any changes to the employment contract by agreement. Employers may need to seek legal advice on the process. If sufficient numbers of staff are involved, it may be necessary to engage collective consultation processes to procure agreement to changes to terms of employment. 

To claim, you will need: 

  • your employer PAYE reference number 
  • the number of employees being furloughed 
  • National Insurance Numbers for the employees you want to furlough 
  • Names of the employees you want to furlough 
  • Payroll/works number for the employees you want to furlough 
  • your Self Assessment Unique Taxpayer Reference or Corporation Tax Unique Taxpayer Reference or Company Registration Number 
  • the claim period (start and end date) 
  • amount claimed (per the minimum length of furloughing of 3 consecutive weeks) 
  • your bank account number and sort code 
  • your contact name 
  • your phone number 

You will need to calculate the amount you are claiming. HMRC will retain the right to retrospectively audit all aspects of your claim. 

If you use an agent who is authorised to act for you for PAYE purposes, they will be able to make a claim on your behalf. If you use a file only agent (who files your RTI return but doesn’t act for you on any other matters) they won’t be authorised to make a claim for you and you will need to make the claim yourself. Your file only agent can assist you in obtaining the information you need to claim (which is listed above). We are making the claim process as straightforward as possible. 


You should make your claim using the amounts in your payroll – either shortly before or during running payroll. Claims can be backdated until the 1 March where employees have already been furloughed. 

If appropriate, worker’s wages should be reduced to 80% of their salary within your payroll before they are paid. This adjustment will not be made by HMRC. 

Minimum furlough periods 

Any employees you place on furlough must be furloughed for a minimum period of 3 consecutive weeks. When they return to work, they must be taken off furlough. Employees can be furloughed multiple times, but each separate instance must be for a minimum period of 3 consecutive weeks. 

After you’ve claimed 

HMRC will check your claim, and if you’re eligible, pay it to you by BACS to a UK bank account. 

You must pay the employee all the grant you receive for their gross pay in the form of money. 

Furloughed staff must receive no less than 80% of their reference pay (up to the monthly cap of £2500). 

Employers cannot enter into any transaction with the worker which reduces the wages below this amount. This includes any administration charge, fees or other costs in connection with the employment. 

When the government ends the scheme 

When the government ends the scheme, you must make a decision, depending on your circumstances, as to whether employees can return to their duties. If not, it may be necessary to consider termination of employment (redundancy). 

HMRC will process all claims made before the scheme ends. 

You can find more details on government website here: