Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) statistics – 4 November 2021

05 November 2021

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) released the latest Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) statistics on 4 November 2021. The release breaks down the provisional statistics in the closing month of the scheme, using data submitted to HMRC by 14 October 2021.

It is estimated that when the scheme closed, on 30 September 2021, there were still 410,000 employers being supported with 1.14 million jobs on furlough. This was down from the 1.35 million reported in August’s report.

The official statistics detail the job sectors, geographical locations and employee age groups that have used CJRS. Some notable points highlighted in the report are:

•    The industry with the highest proportion of employees on furlough was service activities
•    The industry with the highest take-up rate for eligible employees was travel and tourism
•    Use of furlough was highest in London and near most London airports in September
•    Take-up rates decreased faster in larger employers (over 250 employees)

The total amount claimed since the beginning of CJRS comes to £70 billion, a figure that now needs to be accounted for in the Budget and public spending reviews. We already know of the Health and Social Care Levy being introduced in 2022-23, initially as part of National Insurance Contributions (NICs). But we await more news to see if there will be any further measures to fund the UK’s recovery.

A final publication of these statistics will be made available on 16 December 2021 using a more complete data set.

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