Employment and Job prospects – Recently unemployed

May 19, 2020

Q. Once the Covid-19 outbreak is over and restrictions are eased, how long do you think it will be before you are back in paid work?

THOSE WHO LOST WORK DUE TO COVID-19 (n=134)

  TOTAL
I don’t think I’ll find paid work again 10%
I think it will take a long time for me to find paid work 36%
I don’t think I’ll be back straight away but I’m confident I’ll find paid work fairly quickly 36%
I’ll be back in paid work straight away 18%
I won’t be looking for paid work after the restrictions are eased 1%
Base (n) 134
  • Less than one in five of those who have been made unemployed since Covid-19 think they’ll be back in work straight away (18%).
  • 36% think it will take them a long time to find paid work and 10% think they may not find paid work again.

Employment and Job prospects – Employed

May 19, 2020

Q. To what extent you agree or disagree with the following statements about work after the Covid-19 outbreak?

THOSE WHO ARE STILL IN EMPLOYMENT (n=488)

  TOTAL:

Agree

TOTAL: Disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Neither agree, nor disagree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree
I’m confident I’ll receive a pay rise soon after things are back to normal 21% 50% 6% 16% 28% 24% 27%
I’m confident I’ll be able to get a promotion if I want one 22% 44% 6% 16% 34% 22% 22%
I don’t think my wages will keep up with increases in the cost of living 48% 19% 17% 31% 33% 13% 6%
  • There is low optimism for wage growth following Covid-19. Just 21% agree (strongly/somewhat) that they expect a pay rise soon after things are back to normal and 22% expect to be able to gain a promotion.
  • Around half of people (48%) don’t think their wages will keep up with increases in the cost of living.

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