Two-thirds of furloughed workers(who only had one job)reported having worked a positive amount of hours weekly.
It is reported that there has been widespread mishandling of the Government's furlough system during April and May 2020. The survey involving 9000 employees found that over 60% of furloughed employees have not followed the rules. The prohibition of working while furloughed had been routinely ignored. The information technology sector is the biggest wrongdoer, with 44% of workers continuing to do their jobs from home. Apart from this, furloughed workers worked 15 hours, a decline in work hours of 44% on average compared to a typical week, and it also reported that over 60% of furloughed employees admitted doing some work with a 42% reduction in weekly hours on average.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) says it is currently investigating 8,000 tip-offs to its fraud hotline and has rejected 30,000 claims which it considered dubious.
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