The number of people on furlough fell below two million towards the end of June as the economic recovery gathered pace, official figures show.
Almost three million people have come off furlough since the restrictions started to ease in March, according to HM Revenue & Customs. In May last year about nine million people were furloughed.
More up-to-date figures suggest that use of the scheme fell again in July. The Office for National Statistics said that between a million and 1.5 million people, or 5 per cent of the workforce, were furloughed this month. However, its findings, based on interviews with about 5,000 businesses, have consistently undershot government figures.
“It’s fantastic to see businesses across the UK open, employees returning to work and the numbers of furloughed jobs falling to their lowest levels since the scheme began,” Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, said: “I’m proud our Plan for Jobs is working … Read more