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Do Furloughed Workers Feel Secure In Their Jobs?

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With the arrival of COVID-19 earlier this year, we all saw unprecedented changes to our daily lives, and many businesses faced a time of uncertainty, with a huge number being forced to close.

The government’s furlough scheme was brought in to help secure jobs for those whose employers were forced to either temporarily shut up shop or reduce the number of staff members on-site, and in June it was reported that more than 1 in 4 employees had been placed on furlough.

But how much confidence do those workers who have been furloughed have that they will still have a job to go back to once the scheme ends and life begins to return to normal?

We surveyed 500 furloughed workers across the UK to find out how confident they are feeling about their prospects.

Furloughed workers are optimistic about the future

Overall, the results of our survey suggest that workers currently on furlough are feeling optimistic about their future, with 62% telling us they feel that their job is secure.

While 43% of workers surveyed are actively seeking other employment opportunities, 57% are not currently looking, showing that over half of people are hoping to return to their old jobs as things slowly return to normal.

Do you feel that your job is secure?

Yes - 62%

No - 38%


Are you actively looking for a new job?

Yes - 43%

No - 57%

The industries with the most confidence in job security whilst on furlough

Out of respondents who answered that they were confident about their job security, 14% worked in IT, while 13% of those who responded that they did not feel their jobs were secure worked in the retail sector, a sector that has been hit hard with stores closing and companies going into administration.

Do you feel that your job is secure?

Yes

IT - 14%

Sales - 10%

Finance - 9%

Manufacturing & Engineering - 9%

Retail - 9%

Hospitality and Events- 7%

Recruitment- 5%

Automotive - 4%

Sports - 4%

Beauty & Hair - 4%

Health & Social Care - 3%

Arts - 3%

Education - 3%

Marketing - 3%

Charity - 3%

Property - 3%

Energy - 2%

Law - 2%


Do you feel that your job is secure?

No

Retail - 13%

IT - 10%

Sales - 10%

Finance - 10%

Manufacturing & Engineering - 9%

Hospitality and Events - 9%

Recruitment - 5%

Education - 4%

Marketing - 4%

Property - 4%

Automotive - 3%

Health & Social Care - 3%

Law - 2%

Beauty & Hair - 2%

Charity - 2%

Sports - 1%

Arts - 1%

Energy - 1%

Confidence in job security by region

Employees in Scotland had the highest confidence in their job security, with 69% of Scottish respondents telling us they felt that their jobs are secure, however, Scottish employees are also being proactive with 73% actively looking for new roles. The South East and North of England both also responded above 60% for job confidence.

Do you feel that your job is secure?

Scotland

Yes - 69%

No - 31%

South East England

Yes - 65%

No - 35%

Northern England

Yes - 60%

No - 40%

Wales

Yes - 58%

No - 42%

Central England

Yes - 56%

No - 44%

South West England

Yes - 52%

No - 48%

Northern Ireland

Yes - 50%

No - 50%

Are you actively looking for a new job?

Scotland

Yes - 73%

No - 27%

Northern Ireland

Yes - 67%

No - 33%

Central England

Yes - 64%

No - 36%

Northern England

Yes - 52%

No - 48%

Wales

Yes - 50%

No - 50%

South East England

Yes - 33%

No - 67%

South West England

Yes - 26%

No - 74%

Confidence in job security by city

Scotland again scored the highest, with an impressive 83% of respondents who live in Edinburgh telling us they believe their jobs to be secure, although that didn’t stop 92% of respondents from letting us know they are actively looking for a new job. Norwich, Birmingham and Manchester all responded above 70% for job confidence, while London, Liverpool and Sheffield all responded over 60%.

Do you feel that your job is secure?

Edinburgh

Yes - 83%

No - 17%

Norwich

Yes - 71%

No - 29%

Birmingham

Yes - 70%

No - 30%

Manchester

Yes - 70%

No - 30%

London

Yes - 65%

No - 35%

Liverpool

Yes - 63%

No - 37%

Sheffield

Yes - 63%

No - 38%

Cardiff

Yes - 59%

No - 41%

Glasgow

Yes - 57%

No - 43%

Bristol

Yes - 55%

No - 45%

Leeds

Yes - 54%

No - 46%

Belfast

Yes - 50%

No - 50%

Nottingham

Yes - 45%

No - 55%

Southampton

Yes - 44%

No - 56%

Newcastle

Yes - 38%

No - 63%

Are you actively looking for a new job?

Edinburgh

Yes - 92%

No - 8%

Manchester

Yes - 70%

No - 30%

Belfast

Yes - 67%

No - 33%

Birmingham

Yes - 63%

No - 37%

Glasgow

Yes - 57%

No - 43%

Newcastle

Yes - 56%

No - 44%

Nottingham

Yes - 55%

No - 45%

Cardiff

Yes - 8%

No - 52%

Southampton

Yes - 44%

No - 56%

Norwich

Yes - 41%

No - 59%

Sheffield

Yes - 38%

No - 63%

Bristol

Yes - 36%

No - 64%

Liverpool

Yes - 32%

No - 68%

London

Yes - 31%

No - 69%

Leeds

Yes - 25%

No - 75%


What should furloughed workers do if they are worried about losing their jobs once the furlough scheme ends?

This is a difficult time for both business owners and employees alike, however our research suggests that overall, workers are fairly confident that they will still have jobs to return to.

Our company owner, Dan Rodrigues believes that the market will recover, and offers up some great tips for those who are worried about their jobs:

“Unfortunately the UK is not the only economy affected right now, the world is in a bad economic state. Based on the number of people furloughed in the last 4 months it was evident that businesses were going to use the Government’s furlough scheme and it has probably prolonged the jobs of many. I believe we will see in the next few months an increase in redundancies and it shall be a difficult time for many.

However, the market will recover, we must believe this. This is not like the financial crisis of 2008/09 and whilst we shall have a recession, we will recover quicker than previous ones.

If you are worried, it is completely natural and understandable. Use this time to train up on digital skills and online courses that could be available for free or paid and use this as an opportunity to re-write your CV and use google  to research interview practice techniques over video.

Most importantly, please believe and keep searching and applying for jobs. Be proactive, by following up on applications and try to message potential local companies on LinkedIn or email/phone. You will get a job if you apply yourself, stand out from the crowd and believe that you will get a job in this current market.“


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