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Employers prioritise highest paid furloughed workers for pay top up

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has found that employers prioritised paying full pay to top earners during the COVID-19 pandemic in contrast with the UK’s lowest paid workers who were five times more likely to be furloughed with reduced pay.

The collected data covered a range of demographic indicators; almost a quarter of 18 to 21-year olds were furloughed on reduced wages compared with only 9% of 40 to 59 year olds and 39% of hospitality workers were furloughed on reduced pay compared with 3% in professional jobs.