More than two million people in Britain are still being paid by their employers to sit on their sofa supported by the government’s furlough scheme which ends in September. 

Yet there are hundreds of thousands of job vacancies across all industries: 657,000 to be precise, twice as many as a year ago.

Some sectors have been harder hit than others: the UK has a shortage of up to 60,000 lorry and delivery drivers while pubs and restaurants, hoping to open up properly over the next few weeks, are crying out for workers.