SELEP Data: Labour Market
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
- The number of claims through the job retention scheme have decreased month on month since the summer, from a peak of 553,500 employments receiving support in June to 133,100 at the end of October. Medway still has the highest levels at 7,800 but one of the lowest proportions of eligible employments. Epping Forest and Uttlesford are slightly above the UK average for the proportion of eligible employment receiving support at 10% and 9%.
- Please note the scheme criteria changed during August – October with levels of Government contribution decreasing, before returning to 80% from November.
Self Employed Income Support Scheme
- 193,600 self-employment income support claims were made in SELEP in the period to 31st July (Grant 1). On the 17 August 2020 applications for the second grant of SEISS opened (Grant 2). This is a grant worth 70% of their average monthly trading profits, paid out in a single instalment covering 3 months’ worth of profits, and capped at £6,570 in total.
- Up to 31st October there had been 174,400 claims in the SELEP area, which has seen a month on month increase since August when claims were at 151,900.
- As a proportion of eligible claimants for Grant 2, Thurrock, Castle Point and Harlow and saw the highest rates at 74-75% (UK and SELEP average 69%).
- Nationally, the sectors with the highest levels of claims were construction, transportation and storage and other service activities.
View the source data for Self Employed Income Support Scheme
Job postings in SELEP rose month on month between May and October but saw a slight decline in November. The last 30 days also indicate a decline, albeit with rates still higher than at the than the same time in 2019.View the source data for job postings in the SELEP area
Universal Credit Claimant Count
The latest data set from 15th December shows that the volume of people registering to claim Universal Credit in November was 155,801. This remains more than double that in March. Kent & Medway has the highest volume at over 68,000 but South Essex has the highest rate at 7,205 per 100,000 (or 7.2%) of the working age population. 58% of claimants are male. By age, the biggest take up is within the 25-34 age range with 39,815 claimants (26%).View the source data for Universal Credit claimant counts in the SELEP area