Covid bulletin #52: The labour market is rebounding (but not for young people)

Apr 22, 2021 | Sector & policy

This is the 52nd 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 8th April – 21st April 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 4.3 million identified Covid-19 cases and 150,000 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). Worldwide more than three million people have now died from Covid.

The number of new cases and the number of deaths are now below the level that they were at the end of 2020. Although rates are still higher than they were during summer 2020. The number of cases and deaths are continuing to fall most weeks.


Covid news

Data from the government’s Covid-19 dashboard.



  • Government has been warned that its ‘catch up’ scheme for schools is likely to be insufficient to deal with the amount of lost learning.
  • Universities will not fully open campuses before mid-May. Leading to some students asking for the opportunity to repeat the year.
  • WONKHE asks what can be learnt from the pandemic for the student experience.


The economy


The labour market

Data taken from the Office for National Statistics data on unemployment and NEET levels. Unemployment seems to be levelling out and even falling at the moment. Of course, the end of furlough comes may result in a change in this picture. There are also concerns that the picture is not as positive for young people.


Changing patterns of work


Student recruitment and development

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