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Working in the south east during the Covid-19 crisis – here’s what you had to say

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As Level 5 restrictions kick in across the country, many of us are working remotely again. We surveyed employees across the south east to find out how they are working and job seeking during the pandemic. Here’s what you had to say.

Almost half of employees (44%) felt they were better prepared to return to remote working, as the government raised the level of restrictions. However, half are concerned about their employer’s flexibility around remote working as we face into an uncertain winter.

When it comes to what we miss about office life, over half of us miss chats with colleagues and after work drinks.  44% are tiring of video calls and longing for a return to face-to-face meetings. Although, it seems some of us are happy to get some space from our workmates as 12% admit to preferring work with restrictions around interactions with colleagues in place!

Work life balance

It is true to say that the Covid-19 crisis has caused many of us to reconsider how we are living and how we are spending our time. This is reflected in our survey as over 40% of respondents admit that the change to their working environment has made them revaluate their work/life balance. You told us that time usually spent commuting is now being spent with family or on a hobby.

1 in 5 of admitted to having a lie in in the mornings and 35% admitted to eating more while working from home!

Job seeking and employment prospects

As we continue to live and work within the restraints of the pandemic restrictions, you told us your concerns around job security and employment prospects.

57% are concerned about the security of their jobs, with the highest level of concern being expressed by 35-44yr olds (45%), followed by 45-54yr olds (21%).

Unsurprisingly those who are employed in the retail sector expressed the most concern about job security (19%), followed by those who work in the secretarial & admin (19%) and production and manufacturing (14%) sectors. This is reflected in the increase of CVs received by Hartley People over recent months, with the majority coming from those in the hospitality and retail sectors.

22% of those working in retail have experienced a pay cut or a decrease in their usual hours of work, followed by 18% of production and manufacturing workers.

Amongst the uncertainty there is still optimism amongst employees as 48% say they would consider changing job at the moment, while 20% have put their job search on hold while Covid-19 is still prevalent.

If you are considering a career or job change, or are looking for advice on how to make your CV shine, contact our in-house Career Coaching team by emailing fiona@hartleypeople.com

To view all our current open vacancies visit https://www.hartleypeople.com/jobs-listing/

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