Since the start of the pandemic in March, more than three million people lost their jobs in the UK. The unemployment rate increased from 3.9% to 4.1% after staying stable since the beginning of the year. The drop was insignificant, especially in the grander scale of things, that no one would assume such a large number of people had lost their jobs. Many companies and agencies going through these statistics were predicting that the unemployment rate would have been around 5%. The only way that the figures relating to the number of job losses were made known was through the number of people who were claiming unemployment benefits.
Furthermore, not all the people who had lost their jobs were unemployed since many of them were not planning on working yet. Many of them were considering getting back to work at a later point when the virus was a little more under control, and the economy was stabilising. Their main reasons for doing this was not wanting to put themselves at risk by travelling until the pandemic had stabilised and not applying for another job when they could lose it since the economy was not in the best state either.
The pandemic changed the way companies and businesses were running, through a series of disruptions and modifications that were taking place throughout the industry. While these changes were not planned, they were taking place as companies adapted to the changes and trends practised by the public and the people who were working for them. Some of the changes that were quite common were, the general public focusing more on cleanliness over everything else. Additionally, following the rules of social distancing and wearing masks at all times changed the way people interacted with places like restaurants and started choosing to order in. The trend caused a change in the way people worked and reduced the number of people travelling.
Furthermore, this caused people to work remotely, more often than not, so they would not have to travel from one place to another. Most companies were trying to encourage remote working to increase productivity.
These changes meant that employers and heads of companies had to change their approach to hiring since they were no longer meeting people in person. Most of the interviews were taking
place over video calls and within offices. Other than the applicant’s qualifications, they needed to make sure they were a good fit for the team. They could not always figure this out online, and in many cases gathered this information through background checks. While a few companies had background checks as a requirement, they were becoming common now with the lack of opportunity of meeting people and the unemployment in the UK forcing employers to be sure about the people they were hiring. While many of them were using the CRB check, the most popular one among employers was the DBS check. Employers could review the DBS certificate online, making it easier than their previous one. People could also use the DBS update service if they wanted to make changes to the information already added about them. This information would be updated only after verification.