UNEMPLOYMENT has risen to 5.1%, its highest in nearly five years.It means the total number of jobless now stands at 1.74 million new official data sho
UNEMPLOYMENT has risen to 5.1%, its highest in nearly five years.
It means the total number of jobless now stands at 1.74 million new official data shows.
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There were 121,000 more people out of work in in the three months from October to December 2020, compared to the three month period before that.
And it was higher than the same period in 2019 when 454,000 were unemployed.
The unemployment rate of 5.1% is at its highest since early 2016, according to the latest figures form the Office For National Statistics.
The ONS said there was a small increase in the number of people on payrolls over the past two months.
The number of staff on payrolls has fallen by 726,000 since February 2020, largely at the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
But there were 83,000 more people on payrolls in January this year compared to December last year.
Meanwhile the number of job vacancies was estimated at 599,000 for November 2020 to January 2021 – 211,000 fewer than a year ago but 64,000 more than the previous quarter.
The ONS said: “The number of job vacancies in November 2020 to January 2021 was 26% lower than a year ago.
What are my redundancy rights?
BEFORE making you unemployed, your employer should still carry out a fair redundancy process.
You are entitled to be consulted on the redundancy lay-off first and to receive a statutory redundancy payment, as long as you’ve been working somewhere for at least two years.
How much you’re entitled to depends on your age and length of service, although this is capped at 20 years. You’ll get:
- Half a week’s pay for each full year you were under 22,
- One week’s pay for each full year you were 22 or older, but under 41,
- One and half week’s pay for each full year you were 41 or older.
Sadly, you won’t be entitled to a payout if you’ve been working for your employer for fewer than two years.
There should be a period of collective consultation as well as time for individual ones if your employer wants to make 20 or more employees redundant within 90 days or each other.
You are also entitled to appeal the decision by claiming unfair dismissal within three months of being let go.
“This is an improvement on the position in summer 2020 when vacancies were down by nearly 60% year on year, but the rate of improvement has slowed in the past few months.
“Further restrictions and national lockdowns recently have had an impact on vacancies in some industries more than others, most notably the accommodation and food services industry. “
The Prime Minister yesterday announced a roadmap for lockdown being lifted.
He promised not to “pull the rug out” on economic support hinting that there could be an extension to the furlough scheme.
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Non-essential retail is set to open again from April 12, while pubs and restaurants can start serving outside with table service and takeaways.
The move gives hopes to thousands of workers in retail and hospitality who have been unable to work because the lockdown.
Those who can work from home will continue to do so until at least June.