There is a strong correlation between workers on low-income and those being furloughed or made redundant and across the region. It is estimated that over 530,000 jobs are at risk due to Covid-19. (HMRC Job Retention Scheme, March 2021)
Tourism is a key economic benefit to the region, and was worth over £13 billion pre-Covid-19, and second only to the capital city. Over 1 million people are employed in retail, accommodation and food services, arts, entertainment and recreation, and transport, some of the sectors hardest hit by the economic impact of Covid-19.
"Average pay in the five sectors hardest hit by the pandemic is around £10.60 per hour."
Because of the impact that Covid-19 has had on the travel sector, Crawley, the home of Gatwick Airport, has the highest employment vulnerability of any town or city in the UK. 80% of the town’s jobs are impacted or vulnerable. (Consolidated data, West Sussex County Council).