The frictional contact problem for a layer resting on a homogeneous half plane is handled using linear elasticity theory in this study. The layer is in contact with a rigid cylindrical stamp that is on the layer and applies a concentrated force in the normal and tangential directions. Friction between the component couples of layer-stamp and layer-half plane is taken into account. The problem is reduced to a system of singular integral equations, in which the contact pressures and the contact areas are the unknowns, and it is treated using Fourier transforms and the boundary conditions for the problem. The system of singular integral equations is solved numerically using the Gauss-Jacobi integration formula with equilibrium and consistency conditions. Numerical results for the contact pressures and the contact areas are given as a solution for both the frictional and the frictionless cases. This work is the first study that investigates the effect of friction on the receding contact problem of a layer and a half plane with two contact areas. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.