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The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme changes and Workplace Pensions – What you need to know 

For claims starting on or after 1 August, employers will no longer be able to claim a grant for the statutory minimum automatic enrolment employer contributions – from this date, they will need to pay for their own pension contributions and National Insurance contributions for all staff.  Through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, they will still be able to claim the lower of 80% of staff wages or £2,500 a month, reducing to the lower of 70% or £2,187.50 a month in September and the lower of 60% or £1,875 in October, with the scheme closing on 31st October. 

Read the updated guidance  from The Pension’s Regulator to find out more about these changes, along with information on how to treat furloughed workers who are returning to work part-time, what the changes mean to salary sacrifice arrangements and what to do if your company is struggling to pay contributions.

The Pension’s Regulator will continue to add to the guidance, so please check back regularly for updates. 


The guidance above is based on Opus Gold’s understanding of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme and the content is for information only. It does not represent advice or a recommendation and should not be interpreted as such.  Please do not act upon any part of it without first having consulted an Independent Financial Adviser.


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