2.7 million still furloughed in September, says HMRC

Around 2.7 million workers were still on the Coronavirus Job Retention scheme towards the end of September, according to recently released figures from HMRC.

Workers in the art, recreation and entertainment sector had the highest proportion of people still on furlough at 45%, while 43% of hospitality workers were also on the scheme.

An estimated 1.2 million women have been furloughed, compared to 1.1 million men, a decrease of 552,500 women and 463,100 men when compared to 31 August.

It is believed the government’s wage subsidy scheme has supported 9 million people since its launch in April, having gradually decreased over the year to 2.7 million by the end of September.

However, the second wave of Covid-19 infections and subsequent localised lockdowns across the UK have led to the scheme’s extension until March 2021.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is set to announce further support measures later today, as he prepares to lay out the government’s spending plans over the next year.


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