What are the changes made to the system with the new employment rules?
While the employment rate in the UK stays at a constant 3.9% which is the same place it has been for the last couple of months, there are a significant number of people who are losing their jobs. Just the month of April saw the job loss numbers soar by 70%, while the unemployment benefits reached a new high of 2.1 million.
Fortunately for the companies in the UK, the UK Government stepped in just in time to assist them and ease the tension. Economists said the increase in unemployment would have been higher without the Government’s emergency wage subsidy scheme. If you are wondering what the wage subsidy scheme is, about 8 million jobs were protected at about 1 million companies in the opening weeks of the programme, with the Government paying 80% of workers wages up to £2,500 per month. This came as a benefit for companies who might not have been able to carry this load, with the highest number of their employees working from home or calling in their sick days when they needed leave.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the Government can hold out for long with unemployment expected to easily climb in the coming months as Britain grapples with the deepest recession in more than three centuries. The main reason for this could be that the Government is planning on winding down of its emergency support from August, which could trigger a fresh wave of job losses. The businesses ability to continue to employ and pay workers might be particularly precarious when the Government starts withdrawing their support.
With the Coronavirus pandemic hitting work and putting everything on a temporary hold, a lot of companies started making changes to the way that they were functioning. With the Government pushing for working from home, and social distancing, a lot of people were not coming in to work. This significantly decreased the output of companies having various implications. During the lockdown, around 7.6 million jobs are at risk, which could include encompass permanent layoffs, temporary furloughs, and reductions in hours and pay.
The upside to this situation is that economic activity will recover as lockdown restrictions are lifted, but the speed and patterns are highly uncertain and will vary by sector. A giant chunk of jobs in the UK are highly dependant on social activity and communicating with people in person. A lot of these jobs do not seem likely to come back any time soon, at least until they find a proper cure of the Coronavirus. Another aspect of the job market, not seen before is employers conducting interviews over video call since they do not want to have conversations with people in person.
When hiring unknown people, or not having an in-person interview, the best way to approach the situation is by handling a background check. There are two types of background checks, one, a thorough, enhanced DBS check, and the other is the basic DBS check. The only changes between the two would depend on how well they should be checked, and the type of work they will be handling.