Number of jobs furloughed under the job retention scheme in the UK 2020

As of June 28, 2020, approximately 9.3 million jobs, from 1.1 million different employers were furloughed in the United Kingdom as part of the government's job retention scheme. The scheme, introduced in response to the economic damage caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, covers 80 percent of an employees' usual monthly wage, up to 2.5 thousand British pounds a month.

How much does the scheme cost?

The UK government is estimated to have spent 20.8 billion British pounds on the job retention scheme, with that figure expected to rise to 80 billion by the time the program stops in October 2020. To pay for this scheme, among others, it is likely the government will have to resort to levels of borrowing not seen since the Second World War.

How hard has the UK been hit by COVID-19?

Although the government’s fiscal response to the Coronavirus crisis was generally praised, the public health situation has drawn some considerable criticisms. As of May 2020, the UK has suffered the most Coronavirus deaths in Europe, and was second only to Russia in the number of cases. In terms of the Coronavirus death rate, the UK had one of the highest in Europe at 57.9 deaths per 100 thousand people, but fared better than Belgium and Spain, with incidence rates of 82.9 and 58.1, respectively.

Number of jobs furloughed under the job retention scheme in the United Kingdom between April 20 and June 28, 2020

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Release date

June 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

April 20 to June 28, 2020

Supplementary notes

Data for April 27 taken from statements made to the UK parliament by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, and published by HMRC.

Data for April 21-22 taken from the below report from The Resolution Foundation
Getting Britain working (safely) again, page 8

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