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Data on the number and value of claims made.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have published the number of claims made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) up to 16 August 2021.

This update provides a snapshot of those that were furloughed as at the 31 July 2021.

Main points

  • As at 31 July 2021, 54,700 employments in Wales were furloughed under the CJRS, a take up rate of 4%; similar to the take up rate across the UK (5%).
  • There was a 21% decrease in the number of furloughed employments in Wales between 30 June and 31 July 2021, and the number of furloughed employments are at the lowest level since the time series began on 1 July 2020.
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation had the highest take-up rate in Wales at 16%, followed by other service activities at 14%. These take-up rates are much higher than the take-up rate for Wales as a whole.
  • 25,900 females and 28,700 males in Wales were furloughed under the CJRS as at 31 July 2021.
  • There was little variation in the take up rate of furloughed employments across local authorities in Wales.


CJRS data includes those furloughed as at 31 July 2021 and for whom claims were submitted to HMRC by 16 August 2021. Figures for July are preliminary and are likely to be revised in future releases.


Vanessa Allis

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Telephone: 0300 025 8099

Rydym yn croesawu galwadau yn Gymraeg / We welcome calls in Welsh.