‘No sign’ of furlough scheme hitting jobs as number of Brits in work reaches 29.4million

THERE is “no sign” that the end of the furlough scheme has hit jobs as the number of Brits in work hit 29.4million.

Official figures released today show that there were 275,000 more workers on payroll between October and November.

There are more Brits in work and job vacancies


There are more Brits in work and job vacanciesCredit: PA

Darren Morgan, director of economic statistics at the the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said: “With still no sign of the end of the furlough scheme hitting the number of jobs, the total of employees on payroll continued to grow strongly in November, although it could include people recently made redundant but still working out their notice.

“The number on payroll is now above pre-pandemic levels right across the country.

The furlough scheme which has supported millions of workers’ wages through the pandemic came to an end on September 30.

Since then the Omicron variant has started to spread and the government has ordered those who can to work from home where possible.

But there are no plans to bring back furlough or shut businesses to deal with the new variant – after calls for the PM to guarantee extra money.

The rate of unemployment for the three months to October was 4.2%, the latest figures show.

The rate of unemployment was 4.3% from July to September, figures released last month showed.

For the the three months to August the rate was 4.5%.

Mr Morgan said: “Separately, survey findings show much of the recent growth in employment has been among part-timers, who were particularly hard hit at the start of the pandemic.

“While job vacancies continue at record levels, the number is not growing as fast as it did earlier this year.”

Job vacancies in September to November continued to rise to a new record of 1.2million.

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