Furlough figures hit a record low in July 2021

09 September 2021

Figures released by HM Treasury today show the 1.6 million people were on furlough as of 31 July 2021.  This figure shows a drop of around 17% since the June figures were published – with 340.000 less people on the scheme. 

At its peak, nearly nine million people were on the scheme at the height of the pandemic in May last year.  The 1.6 million people on the scheme as at the 31 July is a record low, as the countdown to the scheme closure in September continues.  In July, the level of support offered to employers reduced to 70% of an employee’s wages, with the remaining 10% (alongside employer’s national insurance and pension contributions) payable by the employer.  

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