HMRC COVID-19 Briefing: Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS)

  • Briefing: 29th January 2021
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme statistics: January 2021
  • District & Borough (Released 29th January 2021)

Headline National Points:

  • More jobs were furloughed and supported by the job retention scheme in November and December than October. Compared with 31 October, furloughing of staff was higher at 31 December in all sectors, except mining and quarrying
  • Across the UK, where it was possible to link the data, 1.92 million females were furloughed at 30 November compared with 1.79 million men. Provisional estimates show the number of females furloughed decreased to 1.88 million at 31 December while the number of males increased to 1.85 million
  • 37% of employers had staff furloughed at 30 November under CJRS and 13% of employments were furloughed. Provisional estimates show 36% of employers had staff furloughed at 31 December under CJRS and 13% of employments were furloughed
  • The under 18 age band had the highest take up rate for both females and males, 41% and 30% respectively at 31 November
  • At 30 November, 1.37 million employments were on partial furlough, 35% of the total employments furloughed. This increased to 1.45 million employments furloughed at 31 December, 38% of the total employments furloughed
  • Across all countries and regions, at both 30 November and 31 December, the accommodation and food services sector had the highest number of employments furloughed. This was followed by the wholesale and retail sector

Local Level Statistics:

Since July 2020, Suffolk furloughed employments have declined by 30,600 (60%). However, with the extension of the CJRS and the commencement of the second lockdown, furloughed employments increased in Suffolk and all districts by 17,600 (31st Oct to 31st Dec exclusively). ​

This increase somewhat tapered off from November to December, with minor decreases in Mid Suffolk, West Suffolk, and Ipswich. ​

In Suffolk, as of 31st December 2020, 38,200 employments were furloughed, with a take up rate of 11%. This is slightly below the East of England and national rate (both 12%). ​

​East Suffolk and West Suffolk continue to have the most furloughed employments in terms of absolute numbers at 12,800 (13%) and 8,700 respectively (11%). In terms of take up rate, East Suffolk has the highest rate at 13% (2,500 employments), above count, regional and national levels, though in line with the UK. ​

As of 31st December 2020:

  • Babergh: 4,500 furloughed employments (11.7% of all employments)
  • East Suffolk: 12,800 furloughed employments (12.7% of all employments)
  • Ipswich: 7,500 furloughed employments (10.8% of all employments)
  • Mid Suffolk: 4,700 furloughed employments (10.5% of all employments)
  • West Suffolk: 8,700 furloughed employments (10.9% of all employments)


A CJRS claim can be made for employees that were employed on 19 March 2020 and who were on a PAYE payroll on or before 19 March 2020. This means a Real Time Information (RTI) submission notifying payment in respect of that employee to HMRC would have been made on or before 19 March 2020. From 1 July 2020, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim CJRS grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the CJRS grant for furloughed hours, employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.​

​The scheme closed to new entrants from 30 June 2020. From this point onwards, employers will only be able to furlough employees that they have furloughed for a full 3-week period prior to 30 June 2020. Employers had until 31 July 2020 to make any claims in respect of the period to 30 June 2020. As such, the absolute total of furloughed employments within Suffolk is not expected to change. ​

​The government announced an extension to the CJRS to support individuals and businesses who are impacted by disruption caused by COVID-19. The CJRS will remain open until 31 March 2021. For claim periods from November 2020 to January 2021, employees will receive 80% of their usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The £2,500 cap is proportional to the hours not worked.​

​The time series data of furloughed employments covers the claim period of up to and including 31 December 2020.​

​The data for December is incomplete and claims could also be amended until 28 January. It is estimated that the number of claims reported for December could increase by around 1%. The December figures should therefore be considered as provisional and will be revised in a future release.​