Coronavirus: Public sector contractors eligible for Job Retention Scheme

3rd April 2020

HMRC have recently announced that IR35 contractors (off payroll workers) who through their personal service companies work for a public sector body, will be eligible for the 80% salary payments under the employee Job Retention Scheme.

To be eligible the worker will need to show that they are unable to work due to the current crisis and that their contracts are ongoing. If the contract would have come to a natural end irrespective of the current crisis, the contractor will not qualify for the scheme payments.

This will enable locum medical staff and IT contractors working for organisations like the NHS to access financial support, if they have effectively been furloughed.

As mentioned in previous articles, the monthly furlough payment awarded will be the lower of:

  • 80% of gross monthly salary
  • £2,500

It is worth noting, that as at this point of time , there is no indication this scheme will be extended to ‘off payroll workers’ in the private sector.

When any further information is made available we will let you know.

Please remember we are here to help as much as possible through these challenging times. We will continue to keep you updated as further announcements are made over the coming days.

Links to our other articles.

Coronavirus: Self-Assessment Payment Deferral and Job Retention Scheme payment to Directors

Coronavirus: The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – update

Coronavirus: Help for the self-employed – updated guidance

Coronavirus: Business update – Help for the self-employed

Coronavirus: Business update – The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Coronavirus: Business update – Summary of all available support

Coronavirus: Business update – Latest announcements

Read our latest ‘Hot Topic’ COVID-19: measures for UK businesses

Coronavirus: Business update – Business Rates & IR35

Coronavirus: Latest measures to support UK businesses

Coronavirus – Update for Businesses

Useful links

UK Government guidance

NHS – condition overview



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