Furlough figures hit lowest point since scheme began

Fallen from 20% in January 2020 to 3.7% in July as businesses reopen

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Furlough figures hit lowest point since scheme began

The number of people on full or partial furlough has fallen to less than 4%, the lowest proportion of businesses’ workforce since the furlough scheme began.

According to data from the Office for National Statistics, 3.7% of the nation's workforces were on furlough in July. This was down from 20% in January. Most of those on were only furloughed for part of the time, with only 42% being fully furloughed. However, one in 50 businesses have said they expect to make redundancies within the next three months. The top reasons driving these decisions were a need to reduce staff costs, no further requirement for certain job roles, and...

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