Former Rugby Union player Martin Bayfield on Gateway

27th February 2021
Posted by Ros Connors

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COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the jobs market in the UK with roughly 10 million people furloughed and a significant increase in unemployment. According to new figures released today, half of working adults say the pandemic has damaged their career prospects with 42 per cent saying they feel ‘trapped’ in their current jobs.

The research from Santander indicates the significant impact COVID-19 has had on the population’s long-term career prospects as eight per cent of people have seen had their pay reduced, 11 per cent have had their hours cut and one in 20 have had to take a job they are overqualified for.

One in ten people were planning on making career changes but have put plans on hold due to the current unstable and unpredictable nature of the jobs market. Four per cent of people said they used to be self-employed but have taken on employed positions for more financial stability. 

The pandemic has also sparked regret in the public attitude.  61 per cent of people have regrets about their chosen career path, a fifth of people wish they had pursued work at a small business and nearly a third (32 per cent) wish they had started their own business. 

Ros spoke to Martin Bayfield:

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