The UK unemployment rate stayed stable at 3.9% in the second quarter of 2020, unchanged from the previous three-month period and the beginning of the year. The rate at which it stood beat all odds and predictions staying below the market expectation of 4.2% mainly since many people stopped looking for work until the economy stabilized and he Coronavirus pandemic was a little under control. However, after eight months, the unemployment rate in the UK started changing and increased to 4.1%.
Predicting that the unemployment rate would increase significantly, the Government decided that they would begin opening up their businesses and offices to start opening their doors. The month of August saw a large number of people who were indoors for most of the pandemic, finally use this as an opportunity to move out. Matching the idea about supporting small businesses, the Government put into play specific rules and that they had to follow, which were supposed to assist with keeping the large chunk of their population safe.
Most of the people in the UK, and around the world, knew that things would get tough, with the onset of the pandemic, with companies not meeting their targets, people not providing enough of the work, and businesses forced to work on a much smaller scale. The changes in jobs also caught a lot of people by surprise with the youngest and the oldest sections of the economy being the most affected.
Remote working was only practised by a few companies pre-pandemic, usually in the IT-sphere, but changes and distancing from each other forced most people and companies to stay indoors and adjust to the changes. There were industries and businesses like hospitality, construction, mechanical work that could not be handled online because of the nature of their work. They too had to take their companies online, if they were planning on making a change. While the bulk of the work done in person, there were aspects like registrations and bookings, that were now online, which was a start.
Employers were not sure how to adjust to these changes since they had not met a large number of the people they were working with in person. A lot of their work meeting or client calls also moved to the internet to video conferencing platforms or phone calls. Background checks on the people working within the company were becoming the norm and people, whether new hires or if they were in the company for the longest time, we now having their background looked at
Specific jobs needed to make sure that the applicant did not have a criminal history while there were employers who wanted to make sure they could trust the person working there. The most popular tests depending on the requirements of the company were the DBS check and the CRB check. Furthermore, the company could choose to go through the DBS certificate and check the information online without having to visit the office, which made the entire process a lot smoother and convenient.