Furlough is still supporting 5,500 jobs in Banff and Buchan

The Conoravirus Job Retention Scheme is continuing to support 5,500 jobs in Banff and Buchan – and more than 15,000 across Aberdeenshire.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 6:50 am
David Duguid MP has welcomed the continued support provided by the job retention scheme.

Figures for Banff and Buchan show an increase in furloughed employees from 3,600 in December 2020 to 5,500 as of February 28. This represents 13 per cent of the eligible employments in Banff and Buchan.

Cumulative figures show a total of 15,000 jobs have been supported by the job retention scheme since March 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic.

The figures for Aberdeenshire show 14 per cent of eligible employments, or some 16,600 jobs were furloughed at February 28, and a cumulative figure of 42,000 jobs supported since March 2020.

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid said: “These latest figures from HMRC are a testament to the unwavering support the UK Government has provided to local jobs across Banff and Buchan and the North East.

“The strength of the UK Treasury in supporting families, communities, businesses and jobs across Scotland is clear to see, not least in Banff and Buchan where 5,500 jobs are still being directly supported by the job retention scheme and a total of 15,000 jobs have been supported in Banff and Buchan since the pandemic hit.

“These figures also show the flexibility of the system in place as more jobs have been furloughed since December 2020 when we re-entered lockdown."

Since the start of the scheme, 11.4 million jobs have been supported across the UK at various times.