Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CRJS)

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) FAQs (JANUARY 2021)

Published : 11 January 2021

Smart Teachers is committed to supporting our supply staff during these unprecedented times and will be funding the required employer contributions, which will enable us to furlough candidates who are eligible for the CJRS. 

Who is eligible to be furloughed?

HMRC has set out the eligibility requirements for furloughing in their official guidance, which can be found on the .Gov website.

In response to this, Smart Teachers will be making the required employer's contributions to offer furlough to supply staff who meet our following criteria:

  • worked and been paid by Smart Teachers at some point between 1st September 2020 and 28th October 2020, and
  • must have no work available to you through Smart Teachers, and
  • must not be being paid for a long-term contract which you are currently undertaking through Smart Teachers. (If a school has agreed to honour payments for your current long-term contract during this lockdown, you cannot be furloughed).

When will I be furloughed from?
Eligible supply staff can be furloughed from Monday 11th January 2021. If you have worked for us after this date, your furlough date will be the Monday following the date you last worked for us. 

How will my furlough pay be calculated?
Whilst you are furloughed, you will receive 80% of your pay, up to a maximum of £576.92 per week.

Your pay is calculated as the higher of:
(i) your same week's earnings from the previous tax year, or
(ii) your average weekly earnings from the 2019-20 tax year.

If you have been with Smart Teachers for less than 52 weeks, your pay is calculated on an average of your weekly earnings since you started.

Deductions for tax, national insurance contributions, and pension where you are enrolled in a pension scheme, will continue to be made from your furlough pay. Smart Teachers will make the required employer contributions.

When will I be paid?
We will be submitting our first CJRS claim for the week ending 15th January 2021 to Her Majesty’s Revenues and Customs (HMRC) on Wednesday 13th January 2021. Claims take up to six working days to process, so we hope the first furlough payments for the week ending 15th January 2021 to be paid into furloughed candidates’ accounts on Friday 22nd 2021 January.

Subsequent claims will be submitted to HMRC weekly, so furloughed candidates can hope to receive weekly furlough payments thereafter. For example, the claim for the week ending 22nd January 2021 should be submitted on the 20th January 2021 and furloughed candidates can hope to have their furlough pay for that week paid into their account on Friday 29th January 2021. 

Can I work for Smart Teachers whilst I am furloughed?
You are unable to work for Smart Teachers whilst you are furloughed.

If work becomes available whilst you are furloughed, you can be un-furloughed the next week to work for us and then be re-furloughed the following week. We are unable to administer supply staff being furloughed some days and working others during the same week.

How long will Smart Teachers offer the furlough scheme?
Smart Teachers will review the availability of the furlough scheme fortnightly.