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Agency workers, workers on zero-hour contracts, and the self-employed can get support from the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the Self-employment Income Support Scheme, subject to eligibility.
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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is open to any individual who was on an employer’s PAYE payroll on 19 March 2020. The scheme covers employees on any type of contract, including full-time, part-time, agency, flexible or zero-hour contracts. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will help firms retain their employees and protect the UK economy. Employers can furlough their employees (put them on a temporary leave of absence) and claim for 80% of furloughed employees’ usual monthly wage costs, up to £2,500 a month. This will help employers to continue paying part of their employees’ wages if their operations have been severely affected by coronavirus. The scheme will be open initially for at least 3 months and will be extended for longer if necessary.More information about the CJRS, including the eligibility criteria and how to claim, is available for employers at and for employees at The Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) will provide grants to those who are self-employed, including members of partnerships, worth 80% of their trading profits/partnership trading profits, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. Some 95% of people who are mainly self-employed could benefit from this scheme.The CJRS and the SEISS, along with other support the government has provided in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, will support millions of families, businesses and self-employed people to get through this and emerge on the other side both stronger and more united.HM Treasury
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