Furloughs amid COVID-19
How are Britons impacted?

62%

of Britons have been furloughed or know someone who has been furloughed

59%

of Britons fear losing their jobs once the furlough scheme ends in October

33%

of Britons feel the new job support scheme is fair and justified

The COVID-19 second wave has raised fresh concerns for Britons as businesses shut down once again to contain the spread of the infection. With mounting losses, the number of people put on furlough is also rising steadily. This report delves into the existing trend and concerns as the virus takes its economic toll. Government agencies and businesses can leverage this data in their decision making.

Even as the UK struggles to cope with the rising unemployment numbers, the second wave and the ending of the furlough scheme threaten to worsen the situation further. Job losses and furloughs continue to be an everyday reality as millions of Britons live through these uncertain times. Amid the crisis, how is the UK coping? Piplsay polled 11,239 Britons nationwide to get some insights. Here’s a summary of what we found:

Other Insights

  • 56% of men have been furloughed amid the pandemic as compared to 44% of women
  • 23% of men and 14% of women have worked for their employer while on furlough
  • 64% of Millennials and Gen Xers are afraid of losing their jobs when the furlough scheme ends
  • 60% of Gen Zers think the new Job Support Scheme is fair as compared to 40% of Gen Xers

Survey Methodology: This Piplsay survey (powered by Market Cube) was conducted nationwide in the UK from October 10-12, 2020. We received 11,239 online responses from individuals aged 18 years and older.

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