Covid bulletin #33

Nov 12, 2020 | Sector & policy

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

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 over 1.2 million identified Covid-19 cases and 61,648 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. The daily number of cases has continued to increase and the pattern of the number of deaths doubling every two weeks has been maintained.


Vaccine news




Post-secondary education


The economy


The labour market


The student labour market


Student recruitment and development


Employer insights

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

  • The overall volume of applications for student positions seems to be rising. This includes lots of 2020 graduates who have not found a job yet. As the volume of candidates goes up it can be more difficult to focus on diversity.
  • There are concerns about how ‘virtual careers fairs’ are working and whether student engagement in them is sufficient. On the other hand some students are treating careers fairs as if they are an interview and it is difficult to meet their expectations.
  • There has been a big drop in placement year programmes leading lots of graduates and postgraduates to apply for apprenticeships which they are really over-qualified for. Many firms are planning for a limited programme of internships in 2021 with most taking place online.
  • In general most employers are cautious about engaging with the Plan for Job and about claiming government money. Many had considered and rejected participating in Kickstart for a variety of reasons including the fact that they don’t need it to help them recruit in the current labour market.
  • The transition from school to work has been disrupted by the pandemics. Employers and schools need to find new ways to work together.
  • There is interest in T-levels, but most firms are still adopting a ‘wait and see’ position on this.
  • There is still a lot of frustration amongst employers about the way the apprenticeship system is working. (See ISE’s recommendations to government on the apprenticeship system).
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