Hundreds fewer Bassetlaw workers on furlough in April
Hundreds fewer workers in Bassetlaw 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 5,000 jobs held by workers living in Bassetlaw were furloughed in April.
That was 1,400 fewer than the 6,400 furloughed at the end of March.
The figures also show that in April in Bassetlaw:
Furloughed jobs in the retail sector dropped by 320, to 790
In the arts, entertainment and recreation sectors, 250 fewer jobs were supported by the scheme, however 270 were still furloughed in April
The number of hospitality jobs furloughed fell by 250, to 1,250
Through the scheme, the Government pays 80 per cent 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.
Across the UK, the total number of jobs furloughed fell by 900,000 during April to 3.4 million at the end of the month, the figures show.
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.”