One in three furloughed workers returned to work in first two weeks of July: Official data
LONDON (UK) – According to official data released on Thursday, one in three furloughed workers in the country returned to work in the first two weeks of this month as the hospitality industry began to reopen.
According to businesses surveyed between June 29 and July 12, 7% of their employees had returned within two weeks while 17% remained on leave on furlough.
The country’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has paid the wages of more than 9 million staff – a third of the private sector workforce. But it is due to come to an end in October raising concerns about a spurt in unemployment.
More than 90% of employees in sectors such as water treatment or information technology reported for duty and only half of the employees in hotels, restaurants and entertainment avenues were working.
Businesses such as hotels and restaurants, which were allowed to come out of lockdown on July 4, have witnessed the biggest spurt in the proportion of employees returning to work.
As much as 18% of hotel and food service workers restarted their jobs in the two weeks to the survey period, said the Office for National Statistics.
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