Under a broad lockout order, 50 percent of the Britons have found themselves working more productively from the comforts of their home. In a poll of 1,481 respondents by the Cartridge People printing service, half of the British admitted to doing more, as they made the move to telecommuting to deal with the impact of COVID-19.
Based on the Office for National Statistics' data for March this year, out of the 32.6 million employed, about 1.7 million people reported working primarily from home. Lockdown steps meant that virtually all had to do so, as the pandemic spread through the United Kingdom.
Following the lockdowns, the changing job market has led UK workers to reevaluate their career paths, with more and more people likely to consider working in a different sector.
A study by TotalJobs of 5,364 Brits who actually do not work due to coronavirus found that one in five used their spare time in lockdown to look for and pursue a future in a new field.
Those who consider a career change through working in a different industry are driven by a desire to learn new skills or challenge themselves (50 percent), gain a better work-life balance (44 percent), or have increased job security (31 percent).
Based on a recent survey of 1,100 UK workers by employment board CV Library, 75 percent of respondents disclosed they were worried about the possibility of finding a new job, while 30 percent had stopped because of the pandemic in their search.
Nearly two-thirds of respondents in the latest poll stated they're not going to start looking again until the lockdown is fully lifted, 22 percent said they're going to start searching again later in the year, and 4 percent admitted they've already given up.
As soon as these restrictions are fully lifted, the poll showed that a third (32 percent) of workers will consider working from home. Just 18 percent of Brits now opt for the conventional office setting, which might mean a big shift for bosses who may get inundated with homework requests.
Others have had to make a career adjustment because they need to: News about former airline employees using their first aid training in medical facilities, or hospitality employees seeking temporary jobs as delivery drivers have shown how UK companies and staff have adjusted to the ever-changing landscape.
Meanwhile, the survey said that those who are not currently employed are the most pressured about finding a new role, with 85 percent of people who are jobless and 80 percent of those on furlough status admitting they feel very stressed.