Furlough payment rules for September ahead of UK Government support ending this month

The final stage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme starts today as part of the UK Government’s plan to phase out its financial support by the end of September.

The wind down in the furlough scheme comes after tens of thousands of businesses were given the green light to trade again as lockdown restrictions were eased further. From the beginning of July, employers across the UK started making compulsory contributions to furloughed employees’ wages after The Treasury’s pay participation dropped from 80% to 70%.

This month’s rules are the same as those for August, which means workers on furlough will receive 60% of their pay from the UK Government (up to £2,187.50) and 20% (up to £625) plus pension and National Insurance contributions from their employer.

Below is a quick guide to help employers and employees understand the payment rules for September.


UK Government contribution: 60%, up to £1,875

Employer contribution: 20%, up to £625, National Insurance and pension contributions

Minimum furloughed employee receives : 80% of regular salary, up to £2,500

To help employers across the country understand the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, HMRC have uploaded a pre-recorded webinar, which you can be viewes online.

The 48-minute video covers:

  • the extension of the scheme
  • how employers will be affected
  • flexible furloughing
  • key dates
  • support available

HMRC is also running live webinar sessions on the furlough scheme for employers and employees on Thursday, September 2 at 11.45am and Tuesday, September 14 at 11.45am. Both sessions last one hour – you can register to join.

To check if you can claim employees wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, visit the GOV.UK website here.

To check which employees can be put on furlough, visit the GOV.Uk dedicated website

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