Covid bulletin #13

Jun 18, 2020 | Sector & policy

This is the thirteenth of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy on Covid-19. This bulletin just covers the period 11/06/2020-17/05/2020.

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


The week in Covid-19

Data taken from Wikipedia and from the government’s Number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases and risk in the UK webpage.

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.


Ending lockdown


Politics and policy






Labour market


The student labour market


Recruiting during Covid-19


Employers insights

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.
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