Traditional lay-off workers reach their highest since September in 2005

The number of companies in the lay-off regime provided for in the Labor Code rose from 211 in August to 250 in September.

Ana Mendes Godinho, Minister of Labor, Solidarity and Social Security | Lusa

The number of workers in traditional lay-offs (regime provided for in the Labor Code) reached 8.645 in September, the highest figure since at least March 2005, according to monthly Social Security statistics.

According to official data, in September the number of workers in traditional lay-offs rose from 6.327 in August to 8.645 in September, reaching the highest value in the series, which began in March 2005.

The number of companies in the lay-off regime provided for in the Labor Code rose from 211 in August to 250 in September.

The data show that the vast majority of workers (5.082) were on contract suspension, in which two thirds of their wages are paid, financed by 70% by Social Security.

The remaining 3.563 were in the form of reduced working hours, with the right to receive for hours worked.

The number of workers and companies in traditional lay-offs has been growing since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, having more than doubled from March to April, the month in which it reached 2.293 workers.

The data thus indicate that companies have also resorted to the regime provided for in the Labor Code, which requires more conditions and restrictions for companies in difficult situations to access the regime, in addition to the simplified regime provided for under the measures to support the economy as a result of the pandemic. de covid-19, which ended in July and covered about 105 thousand companies and 850 thousand workers.

With the end of the simplified lay-off in July, the Government approved support for the gradual resumption of economic activity and, meanwhile, extended the conditions of access to allow companies with billing losses above 75% to be able to reduce by 100% workers' schedules.

In the State Budget proposal for 2021 (OE2021) the Government admits to prolonging support for the recovery, with 309 million euros foreseen for this purpose.

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