PBE Reacts: ONS Labour Market Statistics, 17 August 2021 In response to today’s ONS release of Labour Market Statistics, Anoushka Kenley, Research and Policy Director at Pro Bono Economics, said: “The economy continues its summer of recovery from the pandemic with an extra 182,000 people entering work in July. With vacancy rates hitting another record high, the reopening of the economy is feeding through into increased labour market activity. “However, there are potentially choppy waters ahead. One in five hospitality and leisure workers remained on furlough as we entered July, with no guarantee of a smooth return to work once the scheme comes to an end in a few weeks. As younger and lower paid workers look especially exposed, charities can expect to see rising demand for their services from those facing an uncertain autumn. “Yet charities will be further stretched themselves by the ending of furlough, with our latest findings showing nearly one in 10 expect to lose staff of their own when the scheme ends.” Contact PBE's press office here.