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More than half of employers in the transport industry think they will have to make redundancies once the Coronavirus pandemic is over, according to a poll.

The snap survey showed that 56% of companies envisage making redundancies when the lockdown rules end and the economy begins to crank up again.

The grim figure emerged during a webinar hosted by solicitors Backhouse Jones for companies in the haulage and passenger transport sectors.

Director Jonathan Backhouse described the poll as “sobering” but said: “It doesn’t surprise me.

“I don’t think it’s properly understood yet the impact this is having on businesses.”

Kate Palmer, director at employment law consultancy Peninsula, said it was experiencing a “surge” in calls from businesses seeking guidance on how to prepare their workforce for returning to the workplace.

She said: “With many organisations facing business downturn as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak, we have also witnessed an increase in calls regarding redundancies despite the furlough scheme.”