Britain faces a "tsunami of job losses" unless more measures are taken to help industries reopen after lockdown, a union leader has warned, despite hundreds of thousands of furloughed employees getting back to work.
MPs were told that jobs were already being lost with many firms starting to prepare for the end of the job retention scheme.
Steve Turner of the Unite union told the Business select committee that firms were starting to give the statutory 45-day notice of redundancies.
三级成人视频"There were 21,000 notified redundancies in the very early stages of the lockdown, but we are seeing thousands more now, every day," he said.
三级成人视频"I am fearful of a tsunami of job losses. Firms are now starting to cut their cloth to meet their needs, which will be devastating for jobs, skills and long-term resistance."
三级成人视频The warning comes as up to one million furloughed employees return to work, an Office for National Statistics survey indicates.
The job retention scheme has been used to pay the wages of 9.1 million workers, suggesting the number still on furlough is down to about 8.1 million.
The construction industry has done most to bring staff back to work.
More than 14pc of its workforce has returned from furlough三级成人视频, according to the ONS "faster indicators" survey – a quick and regular update on how the economy is handling the pandemic.
Manufacturing is next, with just over one in 10 now back from furlough.
Accommodation and food services are third placed with 7.5pc of the workforce coming in off the scheme.
The numbers returning to work could be even higher once those who have lost their jobs are included, as they find new positions.
Surveys from Bank of America Global Research indicate that 5pc of the entire workforce might have returned to work, having been furloughed or redundant at the peak of the lockdown.
That would equate to more than 1.5 million people, but represents slow progress in reopening the economy.
“Our survey records the proportion of people reporting not working due to Covid down to 28pc in June from 33pc in April,” said economist Robert Wood.
“If we convert that into levels of GDP and extrapolate, we see that at the current rate of improvement GDP would still be 15pc below its first quarter 2020 level by September.”
Even as the economy reopens, finding new jobs remains difficult.
The number of vacancies available is down to below half its usual level from 2019, the ONS found in its analysis of Adzuna data. Its index of hiring has stabilised at about 43pc of previous levels.
In accommodation and food the number of job adverts was down to just 22pc of the 2019 level, while the wholesale and retail industry has just one-quarter of the usual number of vacancies.
三级成人视频In education the figure is just above three-quarters, while healthcare and social care – which had a hiring spree from January to early April – still has 95pc of the usual number of positions available.