Make UK: Is the Job Support Scheme for you?

On 24 September, the Government announced the introduction of a new Job Support Scheme (JSS), which will be available to eligible employers from 1 November.  According to the initial announcement, press release and factsheet, the new scheme aims to protect ‘viable jobs’ in businesses which are ‘facing lower demand over the winter months due to Covid-19, to help keep their employees attached to the workforce’. 

Where an eligible employer claims under the scheme, ‘the company will continue to pay its employee for time worked, but the burden of hours not worked will be split between the employer and the Government (through wage support) and the employee (through a wage reduction), and the employee will keep their job’.  Further guidance about the operation of the scheme is expected shortly.  

In light of this recent announcement, will the new JSS help your business get through the winter?