Covid-19 bulletin #5

Apr 22, 2020 | Sector & policy

This is the fifth 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 16/04/2020-22/04/2020.

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


The week in Covid-19

Data taken from Wikipedia.

The Office for National Statistics have published an update on the impact of Covid-19 on the UK economy and society.


Politics, policy and government






Labour market


The student labour market


Student recruitment


Employer insights

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

  • Recruitment. Firms are interested in moving to virtual careers fairs for next year.
  • September starters. Most firms are currently finalising the numbers of new starters that they plan to take in September. Deferrals and later start dates for some are likely. Salaries are likely to be no higher than those offered in 2019.
  • Post-graduate scheme. Some firms require graduates to apply for a permanent job at the end of their training. Not all of these trainees will necessarily get permanent roles.
  • Managing resources. Many firms workload is currently very different from normal. As a consequence, early career staff are often being moved into different roles.
  • Apprentices may be more likely to be furloughed than trainees as they can still train when on furlough.
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