The latest indicators for the UK economy and society

Added 16 September 2020

Early experimental data on the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the UK economy and society show that:

- Over half (54%) of businesses that had not permanently ceased trading said they were owed outstanding invoice payments as a result of the pandemic.

- Less than half of all businesses had cash reserves to last six months.

- On 23 August 11% of the entire UK workforce were furloughed.

- There was a continuing trend of reduced home working according to the latest Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN), with 20% of working adults exclusively working from home.

- Between 21 and 28 August, total online job adverts remained around 55% of their 2019 average for a fourth consecutive week.

- In the week commencing 24 August, overall footfall increased to over three-quarters of its value the same day a year ago for the first time since lockdown began.

Note: the Business Impact of COVID-19 Survey (BICS) is voluntary and currently unweighted, so it may only reflect the characteristics of those who responded.  Results presented are experimental.

See:
https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/conditionsanddiseases/bulletins/coronavirustheukeconomyandsocietyfasterindicators/3september2020

 

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