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HMRC opens Coronavirus job retention scheme to employers for Furloughed employees


HMRC has now opened its portal for employers to start making claims for employees which they have furloughed as a result of Covid-19.


Employers will be able to claim 80% of the employees wage plus any national insurance and pension contributions.




To make a claim, you will need:

  • to be registered for PAYE online

  • your UK bank account number and sort code

  • your employer PAYE scheme reference number

  • the number of employees being furloughed

  • each employee’s National Insurance number

  • each employee’s payroll or employee number (optional)

  • the start date and end date of the claim

  • the full amount you’re claiming for including employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum pension contributions

  • your phone number

  • contact name


If you’re claiming for more than 100 furloughed employees, you’ll need to upload a file containing each employee’s:

  • full name

  • National Insurance number

  • payroll number (optional)

  • furlough start date

  • furlough end date (if known)

  • full amount claimed

The file formats you will need to must be either xls, xlsx, .csv .ods.


Employers will need their Government Gateway user ID and password to log in and make your claim.

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