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According to the latest government statistics for Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) which were published on Gov.UK on 9 September 2021, there were 484,000 employers with 1.6 million workers on furlough at the end of July 2021.  The latest figures confirm a decrease of 340,000 jobs furloughed from the previous month of June of 1.9 million.

Totals to date

Since the scheme began in March 2020, a total of 11.6 million jobs have been put on furlough for at least part of the duration of the scheme.  The scheme is due to close on 30 September 2021.

The arts, entertainment, and recreation sector together with accommodation and food services sector had the highest take up of all the sectors amounting to 15% of employments eligible for furlough.

It is thought that the number of workers coming off furlough over the summer has slowed, because some industry sectors such as travel, and overseas tourism are struggling to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Age Gap

The number of workers returning to work from furlough were the younger employees aged between 18 and 34.  At the end of July it was the older workers that had the highest number of employments still on furlough, and these were in the age group of 65 and over.


As the scheme officially closes on 30 September 2021, employers are reminded that claims for CJRS for September must be submitted by 14 October 2021 and any amendments must be made by 28 October 2021.

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