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21 December, 2020 Open access

Number of ‘employments’ furloughed stood at 2.4 million at 31 October 2020, a reduction of 73 per cent since the peak in May 2020

New HMRC statistics also show that, at 13 December 2020, a total of 1.7 million claims had been made for the third tranche of the SEISS

The number of 'employments' furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) stood at 2.4 million at 31 October 2020, according to new statistics from HMRC.

NB - the statistics count 'employments' rather than individuals with the result that, for example, an employee with jobs with two employers will be counted twice if both jobs are furloughed.

In Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: December 2020, HMRC provides analysis of claims to the CJRS, which was announced in March 2020 at the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and enables employers to claim back financial support to enable them to pay employees who are furloughed.

The figures show that at 31 October 2020 - 

NB - alongside the statistics, HMRC has also published its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Evaluation Plan. HMRC says that the evaluation will assess the delivery of the scheme, the difference it has made to employees and businesses, and what lessons can be learned from its delivery and how it can inform future policy making, as well as how the scheme has supported the longer-term economic recovery and the extent to which it provided good use of public funds.

Separately, in relation to the Self-employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) - which was introduced in May 2020 - HMRC advises that, up to midnight on 13 December 2020, 1.7 million claims had been made for the third tranche that opened on 30 November 2020, totalling £4.8 billion.

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: December 2020 and HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics: Self-employment Income Support Scheme are available from