A new study estimates that one in three workers in the UK are not working due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Around 11 million people have stopped working across Britain as the coronavirus forces employers to shut factories, offices and building sites to slow the spread of the pandemic, according to a new study by Bank of America.
It says as many as one in three workers is now at home and unable to do their jobs. Most of those who are not working are not thought to be unemployed and Bank of America says that the Chancellor’s furloughing scheme appears to be working.
Those using the scheme include Laura Ashley, which has made 268 staff redundant and placed 1,669 on furlough.
Meanwhile Labour has called on the Government to close non-essential workplaces such as call centres and factories amid concerns that staff are being put at risk of the coronavirus in unsafe working conditions.
In a letter to Boris Johnson, shadow employment minister Rachael Maskell said many people were continuing to work without protective equipment and adequate hand-washing facilities, despite the Government warning that non-essential workers should stay at home during the coronavirus crisis.
And the National Living Wage for those 25 and over increases today by 51p to £8.72 an hour. The Resolution Foundation and the Institute for Fiscal Studies have suggested that the increase should be delayed due to the financial stress brought about by the pandemic. However, Joe Dromey of the Learning and Work Institute says the increase is necessary, despite it being “a difficult and uncertain time for employers”.