New CIPP Quick Poll: Are employers using the CJRS paying at the Government-funded amount, or are they topping up employee pay?

04 February 2021

As we know, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will remain open for employers to use, where they and their employees are eligible, until the end of April 2021. The CIPP’s Policy and research team wanted to ask whether employers are paying at the Government-funded rate, or if they are opting to top up employee pay in any way, which they must fund themselves.

A new Quick Poll has been launched on the News Online page, and we would really appreciate any feedback that you can provide. We are aware that payroll professionals are exceptionally busy at present (partly due to having to administer CJRS claims), but the Quick Poll should take less than a minute to complete, and feeds into exciting research on the topic of the CJRS.

The current rate of Government-support stands at 80% of employees’ usual wages for any normal hours not worked, up to a cap of £2,500 per month. Employers are required to fund the employer National Insurance (NI) and minimum employer Auto-Enrolment (AE) contributions for any hours that are spent on furlough and must also pay staff for any hours that they do work, plus the associated employer contributions.

We would like to thank you in advance for completing the CIPP’s latest Quick Poll.


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