What is the unemployment scene in the UK with the currently prevalent Coronavirus?
While a lot of people in the UK are without work because of Coronavirus, the unemployment rate has not significantly changed. According to the official figures put out by the Government, the number of people claiming unemployment benefits increased to 2.7 million between March and July, which was the first wave of the pandemic. However, according to projected statistics, the unemployed in Britain could soar to almost 15% of the working population, through the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Why has the unemployment rate remained unchanged?
The current UK unemployment rate is at 3.9%. It is getting challenging to measure the exact stats with the situation getting complex now. One of the measures coming through the Labour Force Survey, asks thousands of people every month if they are unemployed and looking for work. They used this measure to calculate the unemployment rate, which at 3.9%, is close to the lowest it has been for 40 years, which is as if the current crisis never happened.
The main reason for this is probably since a large amount of the population is not looking to get back into working, any time soon. Calculating unemployment implies that people without work should be looking to join the workforce, but the pandemic is causing a lot of people to stay awhile.
However, there is going to be a change in the upcoming months, taking the unemployment
percentage to almost 20%. One reason could be the worsening outlook in the latest report,
showing a common trend for companies to shed white-collar, administrative office jobs at a faster rate than other countries.
There are signs of things bouncing back since there has been an increase in hours worked in retailing, hospitality, and construction. Additionally, there has been a 10% rise in vacancies to 370,000 as small businesses took on staff to help meet coronavirus guidelines. The UK has seen an added amount of new online job postings for middle-skill occupations almost double between February and April 2020.
What are the requirements that people have to go through when getting a job?
With a giant chunk of the companies talking about working from home, it only makes sense that companies are trying to get more of their employees to work from home whenever possible.
While this cannot be the case with all jobs, most of them are making a change. However, when hiring people to work online, employers have to handle a background check. Most employers conduct a CRB check online since it is faster and more efficient.
A CRB check is a Criminal Record Bureau Check, launched in 2002 and ran until the introduction of the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in 2012. It was designed for employers to run on employees or potential employees to get information that they should know before hiring them. The Disclosure and Barring Service, a Home Office sponsored non-departmental public group conducts the DBS check. It was created in 2012 when the Criminal Records Bureau merged with the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).