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)
|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%|
- 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.
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: 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.
Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.