Cost of Furloughed UK Employees Reaches £26.5billion
According to this week’s published HMRC furlough scheme statistics, since its inception the UK’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has received furlough claims from businesses with a combined value of £26.5billion.
£26.5billion - value of claims made to 30 June 2020
9.4 million employments placed on furlough
60% of UK employers made a claim under CJRS and 31% of employments have been furloughed
14 million UK employers have made at least one CJRS claim in that period
employers with 1 to 9 employees represent the largest group of employers furloughing staff - 80% of the total number of employers (912,200 of 1,142,400) making over 2.1billion furloughed employments
employers with 10 to 19 employees have the highest take-up rate, with 80% employers of this size furloughing at least one employee
The CJRS figures reveal that businesses in the East Midlands claimed a total of 654,600 furloughed employments up until 30 June, which is 7% of the UK total.
Flexible Furlough Scheme
The scheme was introduced by the Government on 1 July and runs to 31 October 2020.
From 1 July 2020, employers have the flexibility to bring furloughed employees back to work part time. Additionally, employers have the flexibility to decide the hours and shift patterns of their employees – with the government continuing to pay 80% of salaries for the hours they do not work during August, 70% in September and 60% in October:
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