Amid reports that people were deleting the app to avoid being notified to self-isolate, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that changes have been made so that fewer contacts will be advised to self-isolate following a close contact with a positive case.
According to the 2021 CBI/Birkbeck, University of London Education and Skills Survey, 41% of employers plan on increasing investment in training compared with pre-Covid levels in response to accelerating changes to work.
The Government has been urged by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) to review its current self-isolation requirements given that staff shortages currently affect almost 60% of businesses.
We reported last week that certain critical workers would be able to leave self-isolation in exceptional circumstances and with permission from Government Departments (see Fully vaccinated critical workers may be able to leave self-isolation).
The Prime Minister may have advised people to begin returning to the workplace (see Emphasis on “personal responsibility” as restrictions ease) but half of employers expect an increase in demand for flexible forms of working as the country comes out of the pandemic.
The latest UK Report on Jobs survey from the REC (Recruitment and Employment Confederation) and KPMG showed recruitment activity surging again in June amid reports of greater demand for staff and the return to more normal business conditions as lockdown measures eased.