In Brief

Who is bearing the brunt of Covid-19 job losses?

Studies reveal pandemic’s impact on the UK’s youngest, oldest and disabled workers

No sector of the UK workforce has escaped the wide-ranging impact of job losses as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, three new studies show.

Research by the London School of Economics (LSE) found that young people in the UK are more than twice as likely to lose their jobs than slightly older workers with more of a foothold on the job ladder.

In the past two months, 11.1% of people aged between 16 to 25 have been made unemployed, compared with 4.6% of those aged 26 and over. The data highlights “the growing divisions in the workplace”, says The Guardian says.

The LSE researchers also found that women, self-employed people and those who grew up in a poor family were more likely to experience job losses and wage cuts.

And they “warned the spectre of 1980s-style long-term unemployment was increasing, especially for those just starting to make their way in the jobs market”, the newspaper adds.

Separate research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) shows how middle-class and older workers are being impacted too, with many facing long spells out of work and pay cuts of more than 25% as companies make cuts ahead of the end of the furlough scheme at the end of this month.

Manufacturing hubs such as Wolverhampton and commuter towns such as Brighton, Luton and Slough have already seen “sharp rises in numbers on the dole since March”, The Times reports.

CEBR deputy chair Doug McWilliams said: “The middle class is likely to get hit much worse as we go on. A lot of management jobs have gone, a lot of professional jobs have gone, and some specialist ones. The middle classes have a jobs crisis – their pensions are squeezed and house prices will be lower.”

Meanwhile, a survey by the Leonard Cheshire charity reveals that two in five hiring managers regard “being able to support” disabled people properly during the coronavirus pandemic as a barrier to recruitment, the BBC reports.

The charity says that about seven in ten disabled people have seen their income drop, been furloughed or have feared redundancy as a result of Covid-19.

Of the 7.7 million disabled people of working age in the UK, 53.6% are currently in work, compared with 81.7% of working-age people who are not disabled, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Recommended

Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks
Anti-vaccination sign at protest
Getting to grips with . . .

Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks

Will MPs’ pay rise outstrip public sector workers’?
An NHS nurse
Today’s big question

Will MPs’ pay rise outstrip public sector workers’?

Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 July
A sign warning people to self-isolate if contacted by NHS Test and Trace
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 July

Tory MPs vow to boycott party conference over jab passports
Conservative MP Steve Baker
Behind the scenes

Tory MPs vow to boycott party conference over jab passports

Popular articles

Why your AstraZeneca vaccine may mean no European holidays
Boris Johnson receives his second dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
Getting to grips with . . .

Why your AstraZeneca vaccine may mean no European holidays

Ten great health, fitness and wellbeing ideas
Woman doing yoga
Advertisement Feature

Ten great health, fitness and wellbeing ideas

How taking the knee began
Colin Kaepernick takes the knee
Getting to grips with . . .

How taking the knee began

The Week Footer Banner