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On 4 November 2021, the Government released the final month’s statistics for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme which officially closed on 30 September 2021. The statistics cover the claims for support for staff placed on furlough for periods up to and including 30 September. These claims were submitted by employers to HMRC by 14 October 2021 deadline.

Final numbers

There will be one further publication made on 16 December 2021 which will include the final revisions of employments on furlough during the month of September 2021.

Provisional data shows that on 30 September when the scheme closed, CJRS was supporting 410,000 employers and a total of 1.14 million jobs placed on furlough. This is a decrease of 210,000 employments from 31 August when according to statistics there were 1.35 million employments on furlough.

In addition, provisional figures show that 21% of employers had staff placed on furlough in the month of September. This is down from 23% of employers in August 2021.

Back to work

The number of employments that were placed on flexible furlough reduced by 17% in September. This compared to a reduction of 13% for those on full furlough.

According to the report, the highest number of employers using the furlough scheme was in London and near most of the London airports at the end of September. This was nearly double the UK average.

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