Covid bulletin #17

Jul 16, 2020 | Sector & policy

This is the seventeenth 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 09/07/2020-15/07/2020.

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. 

The UK currently has reported a total of 291,911 cases and 45,053 deaths. The following chart shows how the seven-day average has changed since last week. 


Ending lockdown


Politics and policy






The student labour market


Employer insights

The following insights are based on ISE’s interactions with employers during the period covered by this briefing.

  • In general ISE members are suggesting that they are not very likely to engage in any of the schemes announced by the Chancellor as part of the Plan for Jobs. 
  • Firms are generally planning for similar numbers of student recruits next year to those that they recruited this year. 
  • Most firms are still working from home and expecting new hires to do the same. This is working fine for domestic hires who will typically be given two months to move once the return to the office fully begins. International hires are more complex as there are a range of issues if they remain in their home country e.g. shipping equipment, visas and tax.
  • Virtual internships are working well. There are some challenges with ensuring sufficient social interaction, but employers are managing these. However, there is not much appetite for internships to remain fully virtual next year, although some employers are interested in a blended model. 
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