Budget 2021: Vacation and support for self-employed extended

The vacation now runs through September

The vacation program, officially known as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which covers part of the wages of workers who cannot work, should officially close in late April. However, it has already been expanded several times – and now it has happened again:

  • The holiday now runs across the UK until the end of September. However, from July onwards, the state’s contribution will gradually decrease and employers will be asked to make more contributions (see more information below).
  • Employees on vacation will continue to receive 80% of their pay for hours not worked, up to £ 2,500 / month. This will remain the case until the end of the program
  • Starting in July, employers will be asked to make additional contributions. Until June 30th, the state will pay 80% of wages for hours not worked up to £ 2,500 / month, while employers will still only be required to cover social security and employer pension contributions. But in July the state will only pay 70%, with employers expected to pay the remaining 10% of the workers’ reduced earnings, and in August and September the state will pay 60% and employers will have to pay 20%.
  • You can continue to work part-time while on vacation or, as now, take a full-time vacation. Your employer can either give you full-time leave or you can work part-time and be on leave for the hours you do not work. Your employer must cover your wages at the normal rate for each hour worked. For more information, see Flexible Vacation.

For detailed information on how it currently works, including eligibility, how annual leave works, and more, see our Coronavirus Employee Help.

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