Coronavirus – money help for PAYE employees

Coronavirus financial help for PAYE employees

Hello, if you’re at all worried about getting paid or losing your job because of coronavirus, we’ve put together a list of financial help that you could get.

This page is specifically money help for individuals who are employed by a company and paid a salary through PAYE. If you’re self-employed, or a freelancer, please read our special guide for you.

Last updated: 14 April 2020

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We walk you through the money help available to support you if you’re worried about not getting paid, or losing your job.

Help if you can’t work because you have coronavirus symptoms

If you can’t work and your employer will not pay you your normal salary for that time (or enhanced sick pay), you can claim statutory sick pay (SSP) from your employer. You can claim from the first day that you are unable to work and it applies if you are self-isolating because the government has advised to stay at home, even if you don’t have coronavirus symptoms.

SSP is £94.25 a week, so for some people it might be a lot less than your normal salary. It gets paid in the same way as your salary, so if you normally get paid monthly, you’ll get your SSP monthly too.

If your employer needs you to give them a form, then you can get that from NHS 111 online.

Help if you lose your job, or are at risk of losing your job

We know that some businesses are struggling and might have to let people go (even if just temporarily).

If you are at risk of losing your job because of coronavirus

Ask your employer to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help pay your wages. The government has said that it will reimburse 80% of your salary (up to £2,500 a month), as long as you are paid through PAYE.

It should be available to businesses in a few weeks (it will be managed by HMRC), and will be backdated to 1 March. So get in touch with your employer and show them the government’s page on financial help for businesses.

If your employer company is struggling with cashflow now, so they might not be able to cover your wages in the meantime, they should apply for a Coronavirus Business Interruption loan ASAP via one of these banks on the British Business Bank’s website.

If you get made redundant and your employer won’t apply for the Job Rentention Scheme or a Business Interruption Loan

You will get a minimum statutory redundancy payment, as long as you have worked for the company for at least 2 years. How much you get depends on your age at the time that you worked for the company:

  • half a week’s pay for each full year you were under 22
  • one week’s pay for each full year you were 22 or older, but under 41
  • one and half week’s pay for each full year you were 41 or older

Where to find a temporary job

Supermarkets (Tesco, Asda, Aldi, Lidl, Morrisons) are hiring over 35,000 temporary workers between them. Their job sites are seeing a lot of traffic at the moment, so keep trying.

Some NHS trusts are also hiring (for project managers, logistics, admin and porters). Check the NHS Jobs website.

Of course, you need to make sure that you protect your health. So if you are in an at-risk category for coronavirus, where it could have a serious impact on your health, then these types of jobs are probably not good ones for you.

If you are let go from your job, check what benefits you can claim

Check if you can claim benefits to tide you over until you find a new job. Use the EntitledTo benefits calculator to see what you could get or speak to Citizens Advice.

There is zero shame in claiming benefits. We’re in the midst of a global pandemic and over 1 million people have already applied for universal credit since the crisis started. So please go ahead and apply if you need money to tide you over.

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