Covid bulletin #37

Dec 10, 2020 | Sector & policy

This is the thirty-seventh of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy on Covid-19. This covers the period 03/12/2020-09/12/2020.

You can access all of the Covid-19 bulletins on ISE insights.

Latest Covid-19 data

Data taken from Wikipedia and from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.

The UK has now had over 1.7 million identified Covid-19 cases and 73,125 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). The R rate is estimated to be between 0.8 and 1 with the daily infection rate falling by -3%-1%. The second wave has peaked with both new cases and the number of deaths starting to fall.


Covid news

  • Although Covid cases are falling, the number of cases varies massively across the country. But why is Covid worse in the North?
  • A number of vaccines have been approved. The first has arrived in UK hospitals. It will be rolled out over the next few months. However they are expected to only have a marginal impact on the number of cases and hospital admissions in the early months of 2021.




The economy


The student labour market


Changes to working life


Employer insights

Insights gathered from ISE employer ‘town halls’ and other interactions over the last week.

  • Some organisations have been revising their recruiting targets upward for this year. But there are also some signs that there has been a drop in the diversity of applicants.
  • There is some interest in Kickstart from employers, but also signs that a lot of employers are hanging back to see how it goes.
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