HMRC have warned employers that those using its template to upload their CJRS information should make sure the data are in the correct format. If not applications may be rejected.

HMRC updated their guidance on CJRS on 25 August 2020. Employers with 100 or more employees on furlough are advised by HMRC to download and use its template for supplying their Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) data.

The template has been designed to help ensure claims are processed quickly. The data may be rejected by HMRC if:

  • It is not uploaded in an acceptable format: .xls, .xlsx, .csv and .ods formats are allowed.
  • More or less than the required information is provided.
  • Additional rows and columns are added to the HMRC template (e.g. to split the data by contract type).

It should be noted that the CJRS is now closed to new claims for employees unless they relate to an employee who is a military reservist or returning from statutory parental leave.

As from 1 September 2020, the structure of furlough payments will change:

  • The government will pay 70% of wages up to £2,187.50 per month for the hours that furloughed employees do not work.
  • Employers will need to pay 10% of furloughed employees’ wages to make up 80% of their total wages up to a cap of £2,500 per month. The cap is proportional to the hours not worked.
  • Employers will continue to pay furloughed employees’ NI and pension contributions.


COVID-19: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: a cash grant that is designed to allow employers to retain staff who would otherwise be laid off.

Employer Bulletin: August 2020
HMRC have published their Employer Bulletin for August 2020. We summarise the key content for you, with links to our detailed guidance on the topics covered.

External links

HMRC: Template if you are claiming for 100 or more employees through CJRS