News Round-up 2 April 2020
02 April 2020
Whilst it will take a few weeks to understand the impact of coronavirus on student jobs, vacancy data shows that employers posted 20% fewer job adverts in recent weeks. But not all recruitment activity is frozen, many companies still need workers, particularly those providing essential supplies and services.
You might think university halls of residences have emptied, but many students have been told to stay put and not travel. A large number of international students are also stranded, unable to return home.
Concerns about exam plans for university, college and school students remained in the press this week. The DfE has announced that school results should be available in July although we will have to wait for the detail. The situation for undergraduates is more opaque as universities have greater autonomy over the degree awarding process. The NUS has called for all exams scheduled for this summer to be cancelled or postponed so that students aren’t disadvantaged.
Some are turning their thoughts to autumn and the next university intake of students. With international student recruitment likely to be decimated, student number controls could return. Unrestrained competition for UK students could cause some universities and courses to become unviable, but caps could stop some A-level students from taking up their preferred offer, even if they get the required grades.
China provides a glimpse of what our return to work might look like once the government can relax current controls in place. Don’t expect an overnight return to business as usual, is the message from Wuhan where restrictions are being eased gradually. 80% of shops and half of all restaurants are now open but access is still limited.
But with most of us adjusting to the reality of remote working for the next few months, a sense of humour is creeping into the endless round of online meetings with beard growing and silly hat competitions keeping spirits up. And with barber shops closed, some are picking up the clippers at home, but not always successfully.