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How Many Jobs Have Been Lost in the UK Amid Covid-19?

Back in April it was estimated that 6.5 million jobs would be lost due to Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions, with the hospitality sector being hit the hardest. 75% of jobs in pubs, restaurants, cafés and hotels were expected to be lost.
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A recent employment survey has illuminated a pretty gloomy outlook, the worst in nearly 3 decades.

Many people have been working from home throughout the pandemic, but many have also been furloughed (9 million), or even made redundant and lost their jobs altogether.

Between March and May, the ONS (Office for National Statistics) reported that there were 600K less people on UK payrolls. This is the first time in years that it has fallen. Simultaneously, the number of people claiming work-related benefits jumped 23% to 2.8 million people.

During the last financial crisis during 2008, the estimated number of job vacancies fell sharply. Between March and May this year, the number of job vacancies fell by nearly 350K, with analyses showing that they started to drop-off around Mid-March.

This isn’t just something we’re seeing here in the UK, but around the world. And as governments act around the globe to lift lockdown restrictions, only time will tell what the impact will be on job markets.

But it’s not all doom and gloom

Whilst a recession for some is likely to be unavoidable, there will also be sectors that will need staff, and have needed them throughout this crisis. Those in the recruitment sector have a big, pivotal part to play in our post Covid-19 world, getting people back into jobs and the UK back on its feet.

Over the last few months we’ve seen a new way of recruiting, as with many organisations that have evolved to work effectively from home. Technology and online systems have been our saviour, with recruitment professionals embracing flexible and remote workforces and utilising technologies for video interviewing and online onboarding.

Whilst rebuilding the industry may be slow for some sectors, those such as healthcare, pharma, life sciences, government and contract management have had to make rapid changes to recruitment over the last few months and will likely continue to reap the benefits of these changes.

As a recruitment business, you may have been quick off the mark to invest in technology to enable business operations to continue from home.

How can Closeddoor help?

The online appointment scheduling system from Closeddoor is perfectly placed to offer a simple solution to your interviewing or recruitment schedule, and is easily integrated with many of your existing systems. Rather than spend precious time booking people in for interviews, you can send them your unique link to your online calendar, where candidates can book themselves in at a convenient time for you. We’ve embraced zoom calls for interviews during lockdown, why not an online appointment scheduling system for your recruitment that links directly to your calendar?

Spend more time finding the perfect candidate, and less time on scheduling. For more information on how Closeddoor can help with recruitment, get in touch with us today. It’s quick and easy to set up so you’ll be ready for business in no time. We’ve seen how beneficial it’s been for businesses to embrace change during this time – Using Closeddoor is an easy first step you can take towards this.

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