45,000 in Sunderland helped by furlough scheme

Hundreds fewer workers in Sunderland were on furlough in March, as the recovery from the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic got underway.

Friday, 7th May 2021, 3:48 pm
45,000 helped by furlough scheme

New HM Revenue and Customs data – which reveal the situation before pubs and non-essential shops opened for the first time in months – shows around 14,400 jobs held by workers living in the city were furloughed as of March 31.

That was 300 fewer than the 14,700 furloughed at the end of February, and lower than 15,500 in January.

Thirteen per cent of men in Sunderland were furloughed, compared to 12% of women.

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Around 3,320 hospitality jobs held by workers in Sunderland were furloughed as of March 31 – 23% of all jobs – the largest proportion of all sectors, followed by wholesale and retail, and motor vehicle repair services (18%).

Thea figures show that, by the end of March, roughly 45,200 jobs had been supported by the Government furlough scheme at some point during the pandemic.

Jobs at firms which are unable to operate or have no work for their employees during the pandemic are eligible for furlough pay from the Government – with workers currently getting 80% of their wages, up to £2,500 per month.

The scheme has been extended until the end of September – beyond the planned reopening of all areas of the economy on June 21 – and employers will have to pay a higher contribution from July.

Nationally, 4.2 million jobs were furloughed as of March 31, down from 4.7 million a month before.