Absence figures for Windsor and Maidenhead
There were more than 1,000 fewer workers in Windsor and Maidenhead on leave in March as lockdown restrictions will soon be relaxed.
The latest statistics – which reveal the situation before non-essential pubs and stores opened for the first time in months – show that thousands of people locally were still on the income support program as of March 31.
Data from HM Revenue and Customs shows that around 10,300 jobs held by workers living in Windsor and Maidenhead were laid off at the time.
This was 1,300 less than the 11,600 holidays at the end of February and less than 11,800 in January.
Women in Windsor and Maidenhead were more likely to be on leave than men, with a participation rate of 16%, compared to 14%.
As of the end of March, around 25,700 jobs had been supported by the regime at any time since its inception, according to the figures.
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Jobs at companies that cannot function or have no work for their employees during the pandemic are eligible for government vacation pay – workers currently receiving 80 percent of their wages, up to 2,500 £ per month.
The scheme has been extended until the end of September – beyond the planned reopening of all sectors of the economy on June 21 – and employers will have to pay a higher contribution from July.
Across the UK, 4.2 million jobs were laid off as of March 31, up from 4.7 million a month earlier.
The latest figures do not cover the further easing of the lockdown in April, which saw customers return to lounges, gyms, pub gardens and non-essential stores across the UK.
About 2,450 hospitality jobs held by workers in Windsor and Maidenhead were laid off as of March 31, or 24 percent of all jobs.
This was the largest proportion of any industry, followed by wholesale and retail trade and motor vehicle repair services (15 percent).
In the UK, 1.1 million jobs in accommodation and food services were cut in March.