UK government support is currently being received by 1.5 Million construction workers.

 

The government has paid over £4.6 billion to support construction firms and self-employed workers hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new data from HM Revenue and Customs.

Since the launch of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) for furloughed employees and the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS), nearly 1.5 million construction workers are said to have received some sort of wages support, between March and the end of May 2020.

As reported by Building, of the 1.5 million workers, 46 percent have been supported by the government furlough scheme and 54 percent have received a grant from a parallel scheme launched mid-May for the self-employed.

Construction has the largest percentage of firms with furloughed staff, at 48 percent And it’s the sector with the third highest share of its workforce furloughed (40 percent), behind the arts and entertainment, and accommodation and food services, sectors.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last month that the CJRS will run until the end of October to continue the support for jobs and businesses as people return to work. The SEISS will offer a second and final grant of up to £6,750 to self-employed workers in August.

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