Roughly one in three furloughed workers in Britain returned to their jobs in the first two weeks of July as the hospitality industry began to reopen to the public after a coronavirus lockdown, official data showed on Thursday.
Businesses surveyed between June 29 and July 12 said 7% of their staff had returned from furlough within the past two weeks, while 17% remained on leave on a government-funded programme which pays 80% of their salaries.
Thursday’s data showed big differences between sectors. More than 90% of staff in sectors such as water treatment or information technology were working, but only around half of staff in hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.
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