Note that we have changed the summary data that we are presenting this week. We have moved from presenting overall cases (currently 298,136) and overall deaths (currently 41,969) to presenting the number of new cases as this provides better context to the government’s aim of bringing the UK out of lockdown.
Jobcentre Plus launches Jobhelp for jobseekers and Employerhelp for employers to provide advice on recruitment during Covid-19.
The following insights are based on ISE’s interactions with employers during the period covered by this briefing.
Virtual careers fairs. Many firms are switching to virtual careers fairs for the autumn. However, some are concerned about whether these are really going to offer good value for money.
Diversity. Employers report challenges in meeting the needs of disabled students as many of their usual processes and adaptions are not in place.
Induction and onboarding. Some firms have started (virtually) onboarding summer interns. Others are still developing their onboarding processes for later in the summer.
Geography. Most firms are being relaxed about where new starters are physically based. However, there are concerns about whether it is possible for students to do internships from overseas. E.g. shipping equipment. With respect to UK based students firms are encouraging managers to be flexible about when students need to relocate.
Digital HR issues. Some firms are reporting new types of inter-personal conduct issues being conducted through online tools. There is a need to address netiquette and cyber bullying in inductions and line management.