Job Support Scheme & BrightPay - Processing JSS in BrightPay

The Job Support Scheme (JSS) is designed to protect viable jobs where employers are facing lower demand due to Covid-19, or have legally been required to close.

It runs from 1st November 2020 to 30th April 2021.

On the Job Support Scheme Open, employers will pay employees for time worked (which must be at least 20% of usual hours), and time not worked is divided between the employer (5% top-up, up to a limit), the government (61.67% grant, up to a limit) and the employee (remainder, as forgone wages). The employer also pays NICs and pension contributions.

On the Job Support Scheme Closed, the government pays two-thirds of the employee's usual wage (up to a limit). The employer only pays NICs and pension contributions.

We recommend fully familiarising yourself with HMRC's Job Support Scheme guidance published to date which is available here .

Please note: BrightPay will offer automatic calculation of the 'JSS Open' and 'JSS Closed' as soon as HMRC provide enough detailed guidance. Please see our blog for further information. 

Until then, we have provided a 'manual' utility where you can enter amounts you have calculated yourself based on HMRC's guidance published to date. Please ensure you upgrade to version 20.5.11 using the link provided at the bottom of your 'Open Company' screen to be able to access this.

By using this 'manual' utility, this will then ensure that reclaimable government grant amounts will flow through to the JSS Claim Report in BrightPay when this is made available.



Processing JSS in BrightPay using the 'Manual' utility


  • Within Payroll, select the employee from the left hand listing to access their payslip

  • Under Additions and Deductions, click Add, followed by 'click here' within the Job Support Scheme box:



  • Before proceeding, check that:

    a) You, as an employer, are eligible to use the JSS (i.e. you have a valid UK PAYE scheme and have met any required financial assessment tests).

    b) the employee is eligible to be paid via the JSS (i.e. appeared on an FPS on/before 23rd September 2020, has not been put on notice of redundancy, and if the business is not required to close, is working at least 20% of usual hours and paid at normal contracted rate).

  • If eligible, click Yes, I am eligible to proceed

  • For the JSS Calculation method, choose 'Manual':




  • Under this option, simply enter your manually calculated amounts in the fields provided:

  • Click 'Apply' to add the relevant amounts to your employee's payslip:


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