The UK Government released its latest statistics on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) on 15 July 2020, which provide an analysis of CJRS claims made up until 30 June 2020.
What do the statistics tell us?
The statistics highlight that the number of employers who had made at least one CJRS claim had risen to 1.14 million, an increase of 75,000 compared to claims made up to the end of May 2020. With employers from the accommodation and food services sector making up the highest proportion of employers who have furloughed at least some of their staff (87%).
In relation to Scotland specifically, statistics show that 736,500 Scottish workers have now been furloughed under the CJRS, which represents an increase of more than 100,000 since the end of May 2020.
The analysis also shows that employees employed by small and micro-sized employers were more likely to have been furloughed than those working for medium-sized and large employers.
Despite the high uptake in employers taking advantage of the CJRS, according to estimates provided by the Office for National Statistics (using PAYE Real Time Information), the number of payroll employees fell by 649,000 (2.2%) compared with March 2020.
What support will be available after the Scheme ends?
With the CJRS due to end on 31 October 2020, the Government have announced a 'Job Retention Bonus' as an incentive for employers to keep on furloughed employees after the Scheme ends. The bonus will be a one-off payment of £1,000 payable to UK employers for every furloughed employee who remains continuously employed through to the end of January 2021.
For employers to be eligible for the bonus, employees must earn above the Lower Earnings Limit (£520 per month) on average between the end of the Scheme and the end of January 2021. Bonus payments will be made from February 2021. Further details about the bonus are to be announced by the end of July.
The Government have also announced their intention to introduce further funding and payment initiatives for employers who employ and train younger workers (aged 16-24) to help them to gain relevant skills and experience. More details on these initiatives can be found here.
You can find detailed information on furlough and the CJRS, including FAQs on ending furlough on Workbox, our award-winning online HR and employment law site. All our Workbox Coronavirus pages are currently free for everyone to view, so you don’t need to be a Workbox user to access them.