There are a lot of changes that are taking place when it comes to employment across the board. The United Kingdom and the United States both went through multiple lockdowns each time there was a spike in the number of people infected with the Coronavirus. Their intention was for the number of infected to reduce so that they could contain and look after them in hospitals, to reduce the number of infected people. During this time, most companies and businesses shut down, and people were not allowed to leave their homes.
However, they marked some jobs as essential services, and while there were lockdowns and restrictions on the rest of the country, essential services were running since people needed them. They were a primary and emergency requirement, so they could not shut. People working in essential services had to stay safe and get tested very often since they worked with infected people, increasing their chances of getting sick themselves. However, the process of working in essential services meant they were working long hours and stressful schedules, making a lot of the coordination challenging without any holidays.
Some of the companies running as essential service were medicine, vehicle repairs, some jobs in transportation, and other emergency services like electricity or plumbing and many others. People in these lines of work had to come to work every day, depending on their schedules.
There were other challenges that they had to get through as well, which were quite tricky.
Employers could call their staff in, if handling was essential to fight against or assist with the COVID.
As time progressed, there were other changes they went through as well. Companies and businesses unconnected to COVID were allowed to open their doors again but in limited capacities. The challenge was having the right number of people in the office since there were rules about the number of people allowed to work under one roof and the amount of distance that they had to maintain when spacing people out. All jobs that needed in-person interactions moved to the backburner.
The main priority during the pandemic was saving as many people as possible. Medical professionals and other staff were overworked since there were too few of them. Additionally, since they were constantly interacting with so many people having the Coronavirus, they might on occasion catch the virus and have to be quarantined, so the doctors available were decreasing. The few working had to work overtime to catch up with the amount of attention the sick in the country needed. At the peak of the pandemic, in the UK, on average, 65000 people were getting infected each day. However, post lockdowns and other changes that were taking place, the numbers significantly dropped. The numbers were not the same in the US, but at its peak, America had a 36% increase in one week, which was significantly high.
Around 7.6 million jobs, working up to 24% of the UK workforce are at risk because of
COVID-19-related lockdowns. Unfortunately, people and places with the lowest incomes are the most vulnerable to the virus.
Based on an estimate from the infectious-disease experts tracking and reviewing information relating to the Coronavirus pandemic, more than three million people in the United States have active coronavirus infections and are potentially contagious. Additionally, with the numbers stacking up over the Thanksgiving holidays and then Christmas and new year, it was a scary time for anyone to be in the United States.
Working in the medical line can be quite challenging since there is so much they need to handle, properly. When applying for a job, interested applicants have to provide a background check so the employer can review their details to make sure they are a good fit for the team. Additionally, they have to conduct the test as proof of not getting arrested in the past. Employers ask people lining up for work to provide the information before moving forward. Even students getting through a volunteer program or searching for a part-time job have to give in the necessary information and background check before applying for it. Students from other countries studying foreign courses will have to connect with their embassy if looking for the same information.
Now, almost a year into the pandemic, there were massive changes concerning the virus, including developing a cure. Medical professionals are the first to go through the process of receiving the shot. There are approximately 38000 people who received the first shot of the vaccine. While hospitals were struggling to maintain the right number of staff to cater to the regularly increasing patients, they were also making sure they were giving them the best equipment possible, to prevent the doctors and medical staff from getting infected with the virus. At the same time, the UK went ahead and finalised their Brexit move, which delayed for the longest time and even pushed back because of the pandemic and so many other changes that were taking place. The change meant several differences between the healthcare system of the past and the new one, without ties to the EU. However, the country made it evident that they would not have a primary issue with the split or any challenges that came with it, and they would work on it without the people having to suffer.
Employment in the UK might now be a little challenging with the process being a bit tough since they would have to provide additional information. To some degree, people working in the UK would have to go through a similar process that people looking for work from another country were going through. With the ink barely drying, and the final document signed less than a month back, there will be a few changes which will be handled and coordinated before moving forward as and when they show up.