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Data on the number and value of claims made.

In line with GSS guidance on publishing official statistics on polling day this headline is being published on Friday 7 May rather than on polling day. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) published as usual on 6 May.

HMRC have published the number of claims made to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) up to 14 April 2021.

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

Main points

  • As at 31 March 2021, 159,600 employments in Wales were furloughed under the CJRS, a take up rate of 13%, slightly lower than the take up rate across the UK of 14%.
  • There was a 10% decrease in the number of furloughed employments in Wales between 28 February and 31 March 2021, although the number of furloughed employments remains at a similar level to late August 2020.
  • 83,500 females and 76,200 males in Wales were furloughed under the CJRS as at 31 March 2021, accounting for 52% and 48% of all furloughed employments, respectively.
  • HMRC publish data to local authority level. The take up rate of furloughed employments across Wales ranged from 10% (Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Neath Port Talbot) to 18% (Conwy).


CJRS data includes those furloughed as at 31 March 2021 and for whom claims were submitted to HMRC by 14 April 2021. Figures for March are preliminary and are likely to be revised in future releases.


Melanie Brown

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