Fewer East Riding workers on furlough scheme in April, say HM Revenue and Customs figures
Thousands fewer workers in the East Riding were on furlough in April, as coronavirus restrictions started easing across the UK.
Many pub, restaurant and shop workers returned to their roles that month as outdoor hospitality and non-essential retail opened for the first time since December.
However, with restrictions still in place, businesses in other sectors continue to be hit hard by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
HM Revenue and Customs figures show that 14,100 jobs held by workers living in the East Riding were furloughed in April.
That was 3,900 fewer than the 18,000 furloughed at the end of March.
The figures also show that in April in the East Riding:
○ Furloughed jobs in the retail sector dropped by 950, to 2,730
○ In the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors, 260 fewer jobs were supported by the scheme, however 890 were still furloughed in April
○ The number of hospitality jobs furloughed fell by 790, to 3,960
Through the scheme, the Government pays 80% of a worker’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, if they haven’t been able to work due to the impact of the pandemic. However, employers will pay a larger contribution from July.
Dan Tomlinson, senior economist at the Resolution Foundation, which focuses on living standards, said the drop in the number of people on furlough was “encouraging”.
He added that it is an indicator that the labour market – as well as the wider economy – is recovering quickly.
“But with around one in six young workers still on furlough at the end of April, today’s figures are a stark reminder of the risk of rising unemployment when the furlough scheme ends,” he said.
“The Government must do all it can to ensure those workers find work as quickly as possible.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak said: “We’ll continue to support those who need it through to September but I am hopeful that we’ll see more people moving back into work as we continue on the road to recovery.”