Employers in Britain are planning more than twice as many redundancies than they did at the height of the last recession, new figures show.
About 180,000 job cuts were planned from January to March 2009, while 380,000 were planned from May to July this year.
Completed redundancies could reach 735,000 this autumn, researchers say.
The figures were obtained by an Institute for Employment Studies (IES) Freedom of Information request.
Social distancing measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 brought large parts of the UK economy to a standstill, forcing workers to stay at home, closing shops and bringing transport to a halt.
As a result, many businesses have been forced to consider reducing their workforces by making employees redundant.
Employers in England, Scotland and Wales must notify the Insolvency Service if they plan to