Hours worked fell by 9.5% between March and April in seasonally adjusted terms, which was double the decrease in employed people (4.7%). After this large fall in April, the decline in hours worked slowed considerably into May, with hours worked decreasing by a further 1.0%. Between May and June, hours worked began to recover, increasing by 4.2%, alongside a 1.9% increase in employment. In July, hours worked increased by another 1.3%.
Since the low point in May, total hours worked has increased by 88 million hours, recovering almost half (47%) of the 186 million decrease between March and May. However, hours worked in July were still 5.5% lower than March.
Charts 1, 2 and 3 show the monthly changes in seasonally adjusted hours worked and employment for all people, men and women. Both male and female hours increased between June and July, following the large increases between May and June. Hours worked for women continued to show stronger growth, following the much larger fall in female hours early in the COVID-19 period.