Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) Updates

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021.

Claims for furlough days in April 2021 must be made by 14 May 2021.

You can no longer submit claims for claim periods ending on or before 31 October 2020.

  • CJRS eligibility from May

If you have employees who have previously been ineligible for the CJRS, as they were not on your payroll on 30 October 2020, they may be eligible for periods from 1 May 2021 onwards. 

For periods starting on or after 1 May 2021, you can claim for employees who were employed on 2 March 2021, as long as you have made a PAYE Real Time Information (RTI) submission to HMRC between 20 March 2020 and 2 March 2021, notifying a payment of earnings for that employee. You do not need to have previously claimed for an employee before the 2 March 2021 to claim for periods starting on or after 1 May 2021.

  • Changes from 1st July 

For periods ending on or before 30 June 2021 you can claim 80% of an employee’s usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. From 1 July 2021, the level of grant will be reduced each month and you will be asked to contribute towards the cost of your furloughed employees’ wages.

Please refer to all the latest and essential HMRC information to find out more including scheme changes, criteria, eligibility, how to claim etc:

Check if you can claim for your employees' wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - GOV.UK (

Calculate how much you can claim using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - GOV.UK (





Posted on: Friday 7th May 2021