The UK Government’s job retention and self-employment support schemes continue to protect the incomes of 486,400 people across Wales according to statistics published today.

A total of 378,400 jobs in Wales have been furloughed up until June 30 with the majority of furloughed employments in wholesale and retail, accommodation and food services and manufacturing.

An additional 108,000 self-employed people in Wales access the Self Employment Income Support Scheme since the scheme opened on 13 May, claiming £289 million in support.

Secretary of State for Wales Simon Hart said: “The latest figures demonstrate that the UK Government is continuing to do everything it can to support people in Wales and the Welsh economy through this crisis, particularly as we adjust to a gradual and cautious reopening of society.

“Taken together with other incentives such as the Job Retention Bonus, worth £1,000 per employee for companies who retain furloughed staff, we are backing businesses and employers to keep people in work as we begin the task of rebuilding our economy.

“The UK Government is also providing £2.8 billion in funding through the Barnett formula to help the Welsh Government in delivering its response to the coronavirus. We will continue to work with ministers in the devolved administration to ensure our response to the coronavirus provides even greater certainty for employers and workers as we bounce back from the pandemic.”