Industry also has most self-employment income support scheme claims

Construction firms have claimed more than £2.9bn through the government’s coronavirus job retentions scheme.

According to new data from HMRC, building firms across the UK have claimed almost 10% of the total £30.9bn that the government paid through the furlough scheme up to 31 July.


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The government has paid out more than £30bn in furlough payments across all industries

The data shows that out of 20 different sectors construction is ranked fourth in terms of receiving the most government subsidy through the scheme. 

Only employers responsible for wholesale, retail and repair of motor vehicles, who have claimed £6.1bn, accommodation and food services, who claimed £4.8bn, and manufacturing, £3.8bn, have claimed more.

Morgan Sindall is among the firms to have handed back the furlough money.

The latest figures also reveal that more than 769,300 construction employees have been furloughed or 60% of those eligible, with 76% of employers in the sector making use of the scheme.

This is up from 752,000, or 59% of employees and 75% of employers, previously reported in July.

Those working in construction have also made the most claims through the self-employment income support scheme (SEISS).

It is the sector with the highest number of potentially eligible individuals and the highest proportion of claims.

By 31 July, construction workers had made 884,000 claims for SEISS totalling £3.1bn.

HMRC’s next release of the official statistics up to the end of this month is planned for 18 September.