Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 31 October 2020, the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) - also known as the Furlough Scheme - will now remain open until the beginning of December.If you are furloughed you will receive 80% of your current pay, for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. Your employer can of course continue to give you 100% of your pay if they are in a position to do so.
Your employer will remain responsible for paying employer National Insurance and pension contributions. Your employer cannot claim a grant for the statutory minimum Auto Enrolment (AE) employer pension contribution, as they were able to from 23 March to 30 June 2020.
You will continue to pay National Insurance and pension contributions based on 80% of your pay (if your employer is participating in the CJRS).
Workplace Pension Schemes - Automatic Enrolment
An employer’s AE duties will continue to apply as normal, for everyone who is still working as well as staff furloughed as part of the CJRS.
Requests to join a pension scheme
Any furloughed member of staff can ask their employer to join the workplace pension scheme at any time including during the furlough period. You should apply in writing, and your employer must put you into the pension scheme within a month of receiving your request.
Your employer will have to make pension contributions into your pension pot if you are aged 16-74 and earn at least £520 a month or £120 per week.
Who should I contact if I have any questions?
Your first point of contact is your payroll department who should be able to provide answers to any questions you have.