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Careers and seeking employment during a pandemic - survey results

Posted on 27/01/2021 by Joseph Treacy

Man Pandemic

We surveyed over 500 professionals within the non-profit sector during the second half of 2020 on their current career and experience of seeking employment during a pandemic. The overall feeling of job seekers on the market was generally quite deflated, with fewer jobs and more competition. 

Below we have highlighted the key findings from the survey: 


How much contact have you had with your employer whilst on furlough?

Attitude towards employer

For most people their attitude towards their employer had not changed over the last 5 months (up to September 2020.) However, 36% reported that their attitude towards their employer has changed in a negative way

Working Flexibility

Flexible working has been a number one motivator for people in recent years and not surprisingly the pandemic has had an impact on this. 

Did you work flexibly before the pandemic? (Working from home at least once a week/ flexible work times.)

Are you currently working more flexible following the pandemic or is your employer looking to implement more flexible working/ (Working from home at least once a week/ flexible work times.)

Have you returned to the office?


The motivator flexible working is no longer in the top 5, however job security has climbed up the list of motivators to number 2, slightly behind a higher salary. 

Unsurprisingly, the number of job seekers that will now consider temporary and contract roles has also increased. 

Attending interviews virtually

Many job seekers have been unable to attend face-to-face interviews, over 50% of job seekers attended a virtual interview between March-September 2020. 

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion are high on the agenda for many organisations, but what about job seekers? 64% of respondent's stated that an organisation’s diversity policy was important to them when applying for a job. When asked what elements of the strategy was most important, these were some of the comments: