The emergence of Omicron, the latest Covid-19 variant, threatens the positive autumn momentum building in the UK labour market. Early indicators suggest only a tiny proportion of the 1.14 million furloughed workers were made redundant after the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) expired. November’s data, published in mid-December, is also expected to show that positive employment trends continued. If true, this confounds fears of rising unemployment at the end of the CJRS. However, the latest pandemic curveball may blunt the positive momentum.
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