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Nearly a million workers used flexible furlough in July

950,000 workers got back to work part-time in July according to new figures.

  • number of workers in retail on furlough halved from the start of the pandemic from 1.85 million to 789,000.
  • stats also show construction sector received more than £2 billion in support with SEISS grants for self-employed workers

Nearly a million workers returned to their jobs part-time in the first month flexible furlough was introduced, statistics published today show.

Flexible furlough began on the 1st July – giving businesses the flexibility to bring employees back part-time, with the government paying 80% of their wages for the hours not worked.

950,000 workers – 20% of those furloughed nationally – went back to offices, shops, restaurants and factories to work on a part-time basis.

Read more: Flexible furlough in July