Help to Grow your business

Take your business to the next level with the government’s new Help to Grow programme. The programme is there to help small and medium sized businesses across the UK learn new skills, reach new customers and boost profits. They can get: an Executive Development programme that could help improve business performance and growth potential through … Continue reading Help to Grow your business

Minister calls for flexible working to be normalised

Liz Truss calls for flexible working to be normalised – giving employees the option to things like part-time/flexi time, working from home and job shares.New research from the UK Government and jobs website ‘Indeed’ reveals offering flexible working arrangements increases job applications by 30%A national shift to flexible working would boost productivity and particularly help … Continue reading Minister calls for flexible working to be normalised

Chancellor Statement – Budget press conference

Delivered by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak on 3 March. Good afternoon. Earlier today I presented the Budget to the House of Commons. And I’m speaking to you now, directly, to explain what this Budget means for our economy and for you at home. I want to be honest with you about the problems we face … Continue reading Chancellor Statement – Budget press conference

CRED programme helps ex-offenders into work

A programme called CRED set up in partnership with HM Prison & Probation Service announces its bold achievements in the face of COVID challenges. CRED (Clean Rehabilitative Enabling and Decent) enables ex-offenders to join purposeful work placements which lead to full time work and financial independence. This significantly reduces the reoffending rate. The aim of … Continue reading CRED programme helps ex-offenders into work

Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Join the Payroll and HR community at the SD Worx monthly, online interactive discussion. With one of the most eagerly anticipated Budgets set to be published on 3rd March 2021, our regular expert panel will be discussing the choices and changes set out by Chancellor Rishi Sunak. We’ll be interpreting how they impact businesses in … Continue reading Payroll Question Time: The Budget 2021 – Friday 5th March | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

80,000 new SWAPs opportunities

Nearly two million Brits could be supported back into work through innovative Plan for Jobs employment schemes delivered by the DWP. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has given (8th February 2021) a further boost to jobseekers by increasing the number of retraining places on the Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP) to 80,000 for … Continue reading 80,000 new SWAPs opportunities

Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of an upcoming deadline for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) claims, and to answer some questions you or your clients may have. Also included is information on checking claims you made for variable paid employees – those not on fixed salaries – and more on HMRC publishing details … Continue reading Action required – submit your January claims for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Digital job surgeries launched to help 160,000 Brits get back into work

More than 150,000 jobseekers across Great Britain will benefit from new employment support, helping them build their interview skills, find local vacancies and quickly get back into work. New Job Finding Support service launched to benefit 160,000 people over the next yearSupport ranges from job searches and interview practice to advice on how to switch … Continue reading Digital job surgeries launched to help 160,000 Brits get back into work

Low paid more likely to be impacted by pandemic claims TUC

New polling, published Monday 1st February by the TUC, finds that low earners are more likely than middle and higher earners to have been forced to cut spending and take on debt during the pandemic. The poll findings (conducted by BritainThinks) come as the TUC calls on the Chancellor to improve pandemic support for low- … Continue reading Low paid more likely to be impacted by pandemic claims TUC

Funding boost to get young people get into work

New £1000 cash support for businesses to help with the cost of providing a traineeship Employers can now apply for a £1000 cash boost to help them take on new trainees, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister, Gillian Keegan has announced today 27th January 2021. Gillian Keegan, Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills: We’re pulling out all the … Continue reading Funding boost to get young people get into work

Kickstart moves up a gear with over 120,000 jobs created so far and government making it even simpler for employers to join

More than 120,000 jobs for 16 to 24 year olds have now been created through the government’s flagship Kickstart Scheme, as ministers have urged more employers to get involved. The scheme, which has been underway since September, is helping to put young people who have been some of the hardest hit by the economic impact … Continue reading Kickstart moves up a gear with over 120,000 jobs created so far and government making it even simpler for employers to join

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims deadlines

Dear @PAYadvice, I’m writing to remind you of upcoming claims deadlines for the following schemes: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) I’d also like to update you on the information we’ll be publishing on CJRS claims from this month. Upcoming deadlines You and your clients can now submit your CJRS furlough claims … Continue reading Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and Self-Employment Income Support Scheme claims deadlines

Furlough naming to commence

Publishing details of employers claiming Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) HMRC will publish the names of employers who have made CJRS claims for periods from December 2020 onwards. This is part of the government and HMRC commitment to transparency, and to deter fraudulent claims. The first publication will be on 26 January 2021. This will … Continue reading Furlough naming to commence

Plan for jobs – Financial Support Package

The Government’s claims its comprehensive package of financial support is continuing to protect jobs and help businesses and individuals through the COVID-19 outbreak in guidance issued Friday 8th January 2021. Rishi Sunak: There's no denying the next few weeks are going to be difficult. But the end is in sight. That’s why we’ve redoubled our … Continue reading Plan for jobs – Financial Support Package

December furlough – Not claimed before? Claim deadline 14th January 2021

With Tier 4 shutdown measures, and further potential restrictions, employers who have not had to furlough staff previously may now be furloughing for the first time and never had to make a prior Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme before. How do you calculate the government grant amounts and make the claim? What is ‘reference salary’ and … Continue reading December furlough – Not claimed before? Claim deadline 14th January 2021

Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Boris Johnson reaffirmed his commitment to boost the numbers of teachers, police officers, nurses and other public sector workers. NHS recruitment drive boosts the number of doctors by more than 6,000 and nurses by 13,000.Almost 6,000 police officers have been hired as part of the Government’s commitment to reach 20,000 additional officers by the end … Continue reading Significant uplift in key public sector jobs

Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

A number of areas will move into higher tiers from 00:01 on Saturday 26th December. The government has decided to act ahead of the formal review point, to contain the spread of the new strain of #COVID19. It is thought that an additional 50,000 business will be required to close until further tier reviews allow … Continue reading Tier review results in additional 50,000 business closures

Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

This group is advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home. Updated guidance is being issued for the clinically extremely vulnerable in areas placed into new Tier 4 restrictions from 20th DecemberThis group of the … Continue reading Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable in new Tier 4 areas – do not attend work

Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Many a payroll professionals worst nightmare has just happened! Christmas payrolls are a strain at the best of times with the practice of early payments, mixed with extended flexible furlough and the operation of tight deadlines under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). With the Prime-ministers announcement of further lockdown measures for swathes of London, … Continue reading Tier 4 Furlough Chaos – Payroll impacted? Reprocess or adjust pay and claims!

Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

certainty for millions of jobs and businesses as furlough scheme extended until the end of April 2021businesses struggling will have now until the end of March to access government generous loan schemesChancellor also confirmed that the Budget will be on the 3 March and set out the next phase of the plan to tackle the … Continue reading Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes

819,000 fewer on payroll since February 2020

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and HM Revenue and Customs have released the joint Earnings and employment from Pay As You Earn Real Time Information, UK: December 2020 There were 28.2 million employees on payroll in November 2020 The number of payrolled employees in the UK in October 2020 fell by 2.6%, compared with … Continue reading 819,000 fewer on payroll since February 2020

JETS fuels support for more than 40,000 jobseekers

More than 800 jobseekers per day have been referred to the government’s new £238 million JETS – Job Entry Targeted Support – programme since it launched at the start of October 2020. In its first fifty days, Work Coaches across the country have acted quickly to deliver the additional support, signposting tens of thousands of … Continue reading JETS fuels support for more than 40,000 jobseekers

Prime Minister publishes COVID Winter Plan

National restrictions to end on 2 December, with England returning to local tiersShops, gyms, personal care, and leisure to reopen, whilst collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resumeTiers toughened in some areas to safeguard gains, and ensure testing and vaccines can have maximum impactPrime Minister to announce on Thursday which area will be in … Continue reading Prime Minister publishes COVID Winter Plan

Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

The HMRC guidance - Check which employees you can put on furlough to use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been updated on Friday 13th November 2020. For claim periods starting on or after 1st December 2020, employers cannot claim CJRS grant from the government to cover 80% of furlough reference pay salary for any … Continue reading Furlough grant to support job retention not job losses from 1st December 2020

More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

Over 19,000 job placements for unemployed young people have so far been created under the government’s £2 billion Kickstart Scheme - with tens of thousands more expected in the months ahead. 19,672 jobs created for young people so far by landmark Kickstart Schemejobs in tech, film and TV, communications, fitness, and the charity sector among … Continue reading More than 19,000 jobs created by Kickstart Scheme so far

Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The government have issued the following information which may provide some added clarity: Extending the Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme (CJRS) The CJRS will be extended until 2 December 2020. In March, we announced the Coronavirus Jobs … Continue reading Latest (2nd November) on CJRS extension

Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension until the end of March 2021 The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended for a month with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked and further economic support announced. The UK is being provided with additional financial … Continue reading Furlough Scheme Extended and Further Economic Support announced

Breaking News – Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

“Following the PM’s announcement on further restrictions across the country we have decided to extended the furlough scheme for a further month covering 80% of employees’ wages”. Opinion Here we go again. Just as furlough was ending and JSS introduced, it’s all change. Prepare for everything to be reviewed once again and payroll professionals have … Continue reading Breaking News – Furlough scheme extended to March 2021

ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Employers must get written agreement from their employees or workers to temporarily change their working arrangements (or reach written collective agreement with a trade union) before claiming from the … Continue reading ACAS Job Support Scheme agreement templates now available

Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Millions of jobs continue to be supported over the winter with the government’s JSS from Sunday, 1 November. combined with the Job Retention Bonus (JRB), the Job Support Scheme … Continue reading Millions of jobs continue to be supported as Job Support Scheme (JSS) launches – now delayed due to extension of CJRS

Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. HMRC have published more details and guidance to assist employers in operating and claiming support through the new Job Support Scheme which commences from Sunday 1st November 2020. Check … Continue reading Job Support Scheme – Guidance Published (30th October 2020)

Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2020 the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. There are different calculations for working out ‘usual hours’: Fixed hours For those whose pay does not vary usual hours are calculated based upon the greater of: hours contracted … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what are ‘usual hours’?

Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Under JSS Open, employers can claim up to a maximum of £1,541.75 per month. Further guidance will set out how to work out reference salary for JSS Closed. Employers … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – what is ‘reference salary’?

Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Defence minister Johnny Mercer: “Every year, 14,000 people leave the military - people with incredible skills that can enhance your workplace.” He is encouraging employers to sign up to the Career Transition Partnership to access ex-Armed Forces talent. Career Transition Partnership Opinion The government are encouraging employers to look seriously at the pool of talent … Continue reading Hire ex-military talent – The career transition partnership

Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. To be eligible for the grant employers must have written agreements with their employee (or written collective agreement with a trade union) that they have offered a temporary working … Continue reading Job Support Scheme Open – temporary working agreements

Further information available on the Job Support Scheme

*Update* On Thursday 5th November 2030, the UK government confirmed a further extension of CJRS until the end of March 2021 the JSS introduction is delayed. Dear @PAYadvice, We’re writing to let you know that we have published further information on the Job Support Scheme – including how you can check if you or your clients are … Continue reading Further information available on the Job Support Scheme

Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

The government’s Job Support Scheme (JSS) is expanded to protect jobs and support businesses required to close their doors as a result of coronavirus restrictions. Job Support Scheme will be expanded to support businesses across the UK required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictionsgovernment will pay two thirds of employees’ salaries to protect … Continue reading Job Support Scheme expanded to firms required to close due to Covid Restrictions

Job Retention Bonus

Further information has been published on how businesses can claim the government’s Job Retention Bonus, with millions set to benefit from the £9 billion package. the Job Retention Bonus, worth up to £9 billion is set to support millions of employers who have kept on furloughed workersthe bonus will work alongside the newly announced Job … Continue reading Job Retention Bonus

Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

Rishi Sunak unveils government’s plan to protect jobs and support businesses over the coming months. central to plan is a new Job Support Scheme and extension of Self Employment Income Support Schemeand over one million businesses will get flexibilities to help pay back loans The Chancellor Rishi Sunak today outlined additional government support to provide … Continue reading Chancellor outlines Winter Economy Plan

FSB open gateway for small employers who want to join the Kickstart Scheme

FSB is a national gateway for the UK Government's Kickstart scheme and is encouraging small businesses to get involved and help support young people with job placements in England, Scotland and Wales. To apply for the Kickstart Scheme businesses need to be able to offer a minimum of 30 placements. FSB (the Federation of Small … Continue reading FSB open gateway for small employers who want to join the Kickstart Scheme

Hundreds step up to help smaller employers Kickstart Britain’s recovery

Hundreds of organisations are stepping up to help Britain build back better by supporting smaller employers to give youth a chance and take advantage of the Government’s landmark Kickstart Scheme. More than 500 bodies have signed up to serve as gateways on the £2bn programme, providing assistance to employers offering fewer than 30 vacancies under … Continue reading Hundreds step up to help smaller employers Kickstart Britain’s recovery

Furlough scheme has worked: saving jobs and helping more than half of employees back to work

More than half of those furloughed since May returned to work by mid-August - ONS At the schemes peak in May, 30% of the workforce across the UK was furloughed. The share fell by more than half to 11% by mid-August. To tackle the impact that the coronavirus pandemic had on people’s jobs, businesses and … Continue reading Furlough scheme has worked: saving jobs and helping more than half of employees back to work

Thousands of new Work Coach vacancies

The DWP has announced The number of Work Coaches is to be doubled to 27,000 nationally. Employment Minister calls for those who want to make a difference in their communities to apply now.Thousands of new expert Work Coaches to boost support for jobseekers and build back an even stronger economy. From Thursday 10th September 2020, … Continue reading Thousands of new Work Coach vacancies

UK diners eat 100 million meals to protect 2 million jobs

The Chancellor today thanked Britons for helping protect thousands of jobs across the UK after statistics revealed that more than 100 million meals were eaten as part of the landmark Eat Out to Help Out scheme. over 100 million meals have been claimed for under the government’s Eat Out to Help Out schemeChancellor thanks Brits … Continue reading UK diners eat 100 million meals to protect 2 million jobs

Kickstart opens

As part of the government’s Plan for Jobs, a new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme will create hundreds of thousands of new, fully subsidised jobs for young people across the country. The 6 month placements are open to those aged 16-24 who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of long term unemployment. They will be … Continue reading Kickstart opens