Coronavirus (COVID-19): what to do if you were employed and have lost your job

Guidance for people who were employed and have lost their job due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

If you lost your job after 28 February

Your employer might be able to re-employ you and put you on temporary leave instead. This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

Your employer could get a grant using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to help them pay for some of your wages. Check if your employer can use it.

Financial support

Apply online for Universal Credit to get financial support if you’ve lost your job.

You might also be able to:

You might also be able to get New Style Employment and Support Allowance if one for the following applies:

  • you or your child might have coronavirus or you’re recovering from it
  • you or your child are self-isolating because you came into contact with someone who might have coronavirus
  • you have been told to stay at home for at least 12 weeks by the NHS because you’re at high risk of severe illness

You do not need to go into a Jobcentre Plus office to apply or get a payment.

Processing your application

Because of coronavirus, it might take longer than usual to process your application and answer questions about it. We apologise for these delays – we know this is a difficult time.

Advance payments

If you do not have enough money to live on while you wait for your first Universal Credit payment you can ask for an advance payment.

Looking for other work

Find full or part-time jobs in England, Scotland and Wales using the Find a job service. There is a different service to search for jobs in Northern Ireland.

Published 8 April 2020
Last updated 15 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added more information about who might be able to get New Style Employment and Support Allowance because of coronavirus.

  2. Changed Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme cut off date to 19 March 2020 following HM Treasury's announcement on 15 April 2020.

  3. First published.