Hays Travel, the UK’s largest travel agency chain, has furloughed the majority of its workforce following the announcement of the government’s Job Retention Scheme last week.
“The majority of our staff other than key workers are now furloughed with government support and we are feeling more confident about safeguarding these jobs,” the company said in a statement.
Hays took on 2,300 former Thomas Cook staff after taking over the leases to all 553 of its shops following the travel giant’s collapse last September. It also recruited 200 additional staff for its head office in Sunderland. Of its 5,700 staff, 2,500 work in retail across 650 branches in the UK.
The company said it had taken “all measures available to protect our industry and jobs”.