UK sheds further 114,000 jobs in July Aug 12, 2020 0 628 12345 AFPLondonThe number of workers on UK company payrolls slumped by a further 114,000 in July from June on fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, official data showed on Tuesday.A total 730,000 positions have been shed since March, when Britain went into lockdown over COVID-19, the Office for National Statistics said in a statement.The unemployment rate remained at 3.9 percent, the ONS added.The Bank of England last week warned that the rate would soar to around 7.5 percent by the end of the year following the closure of a UK government furlough scheme to subsidise workers’ wages. “The labour market continues recent trends, with a fall in employment and significantly reduced hours of work as many people are furloughed,” said Jonathan Athow, ONS deputy national statistician for economic statistics.The state has been paying up to 80 percent of wages for almost 10 million workers under its furlough scheme, who are not classified as unemployed.UK companies -- from major retailers to airlines -- are axing thousands of jobs despite government efforts to safeguard employment during the pandemic.“The falls in employment are greatest among the youngest and oldest workers, along with those in lower-skilled jobs.“Vacancies numbers began to recover in July, especially in small businesses and sectors such as hospitality, but demand for workers remains depressed,” he added.Finance minister Rishi Sunak plans to end the furlough scheme in October. In its place be a stimulus package worth £30 billion, including bonuses for companies retaining furloughed staff and offering apprenticeships. Pages 1234 RELATED ARTICLES S’pore’s recession deeper than estimated as Q2 GDP shrinks 43% Aug 12, 2020 0 709 Tech titans say Trump block on worker visas harms US Aug 12, 2020 0 647 Russian economy shrinks 8.5% in second quarter Aug 12, 2020 0 632 Rolls-Royce orders inspection of ‘worn’ Airbus engines AFP London, British aerospace giant Rolls-Royce said Tuesday it had discovered “wear” on some of its Trent engines used in Airbus A350 jets, triggering inspections of similar-aged motors as a precaution. Having ..