The top five industry groups with the highest rates of jobs being put on furlough at 31 May 2021:
Air passenger transport (57%)
Hotels and similar accommodation (57%)
Travel agency and tour operator activities (51%)
Photographic activities (43%)
Beverage serving activities (43%)
The UK government has largely footed the bill for furloughed workers, but since 1 July employers have been asked to contribute 10% towards the wages of furloughed workers for hours their staff do not work.
That amount will rise to to 20% in August and September.
It will make the scheme less appealing to employers, although firms are relying on it less as the economy reopens.
The SNP has been calling for furlough support to again be extended, with the party’s Treasury spokeswoman, Alison Thewliss, calling on Mr Sunak “to apologise to the people and businesses here for withdrawing furlough support prematurely and risking thousands of unnecessary redundancies”.
The Scottish Chambers of Commerce has called for a halt to the “tapering” of the furlough scheme until all Covid restrictions are lifted.
Spokesman John Erskine said: “There are huge sections of our economy and thousands of employees across Scotland who are still unable to return to work.
“The doubling of furlough contribution for employers at this time is not the right thing to do and that’s what is going to put those jobs at risk.”