Covid bulletin #45: Debating the end of lockdown

Feb 18, 2021 | Sector & policy

This is the forty-fifth of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy related to Covid-19. This bulletin covers the period 11th February – 17th February 2021.

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 4 million identified Covid-19 cases and 129,498 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). The R rate is estimated to be between 0.7 and 0.9 with the daily infection rate shrinking by between 2% and 5%.

Both the number of cases and the number of death are now falling from the peak. The number of new cases is now below the October average while the number of deaths still remains higher than the average in December. The Office for National Statistics have published new data on the number of death from Covid.


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Student recruitment and development


Employer perspectives

Key issues raised by ISE employers over the last week.

  • The number of applicants for all student roles has generally been up
  • The number of withdrawals has increased for both graduates and apprentices and at all stages of the process. One of the concerns is that without the socialisation associated with assessment centres the social aspect of joining an organisation is less. It has also become more difficult to keep in touch with candidates as you can’t do things like ‘keep in touch days’.
  • There are some challenges in converting placement students and interns into graduate hires.
  • Employers have been discussing some of the different assessment centre requirement that cannot be addressed online e.g. medical examinations or physical tests. This has slowed down recruitment in these kinds of organisations.
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