Covid bulletin #32

Nov 5, 2020 | Sector & policy

This is the thirty-second of a series of bulletins produced by ISE to update members on key data and policy on Covid-19. This covers the period 29/10/2020-04/11/2020.

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 a total of 1,099,059 identified Covid-19 cases and 60,051 deaths (with Covid on the death certificate). The R rate is estimated to be between 1.1 and 1.3 with the daily infection rate growing by 2-4%. This means that the UK’s second wave is continuing and accelerating. The number of cases has continued to increase and the pattern of the number of deaths doubling every two weeks has been maintained.


Lockdown policy




The economy


The labour market


The student labour market


Student recruitment and development


Working under Covid


Employer insights

Insights gathered from ISE employer ‘town halls’ and other interactions over the last week.

  • Employers are reporting that it can be difficult to make contact with students, particularly after they have left education. Firms are trying a range of virtual approaches with mixed success due to student engagement and tech problems. Platforms where students can schedule meetings at last minute work much better.
  • There is a big upsurge in applications. This is probably because of the weak labour market rather than because of anything that firms are doing in terms of attraction.
  • Firms are planning for virtual internships during 2021 with limited time in the office.
  • The retail sector has been badly impacted by the pandemic. Some elements of it (e.g. hospitality) more so than others. The second lockdown is going to exacerbate this both because it is requiring some retailers to shut and because it is requiring investment in new business processes to change the way that services are delivered. All of these factors make it less likely for employers in the sector to recruit. Some employers have suspended their recruitment.








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