Can I hire someone in Covid-19?

Written by Calvin Bowers

The simple answer to whether you can hire someone during Covid-19 is yes. With reports that effects of recessions have the biggest impact on students and graduates, providing jobs and work experience where possible is an important step in helping the recovery of our economy, and assisting the next generation to reach their future potential.

It is well-known fact that covid-19 has had a devastating impact on businesses in the UK. With the UK economy taking a huge blow, job vacancies available are at the lowest level since 2001, with the unemployment rate at 3.9%.

So what things as an employer recruiting during this time should you consider?

Taking the recruitment process online

Virtual career fairs and recruitment processes have started to become the norm thanks to Covid-19. Online recruitment provides several benefits to both the candidate and employers, including:

  • Less people coming into the office/factory for interviews
    With the option of holding interviews online it limits the number of people coming into the office or factory helping to deter any possible transmission of covid-19
  • Time saving
    The internet can speed up the whole hiring process. From advertising, screening, interviewing to hiring, the internet provides the ability to process more applicants within a day.
  • Lower cost
    Online recruitment typically costs half as much as more traditional job advertisements and with social media, job sites, and online platforms providing the opportunity to communicate at our fingertips, online recruitment is now easier than ever.
  • Can reach a wide audience easily
    With 96% of all job seekers using the internet, your job position has the potential to reach a much greater number of candidates than more traditional methods

Making the workplace safe for all of your employees

Guidance suggests that employers put measures in place to keep all staff safe in the workplace. To do so the government have provided 5 steps for employers to follow:

  • Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment
    Before resuming work, it is important to make sure the workplace is safe for employees. Carry out a risk assessment in line with HSE guidelines and communicate with your staff.
  • Ensure cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
    It is important to reduce the risk of transmission through encouraging people to wash their hands more frequently and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched a lot.
  • Help people to work from home
    If people are required to work from home, it is important as an employer to support them in any way possible. This includes discussing arrangements, making sure they have the right equipment to do their job and looking out for their physical and mental wellbeing.
  • Maintain social distancing where possible
    It is important to maintain 2m distance where possible by putting up signs or installing floor tape to remind staff, creating a one-way system and avoid sharing workstations.
  • Manage transmission risks if 2m distance is not possible
    Where it is not possible to keep 2m distance, consider whether certain activities are crucial for operation, use screens, masks or visors and introduce staggered arrival and departure times.

Make the most of government schemes and funding available

As mentioned previously, with students and graduates set to be greatly affected by covid-19, the government has been updating funding available to employers to help get young people into work.

So what’s available?

The Kickstart Scheme

£2billion has been put forward to help create work placements for those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and could be at risk of long-term unemployment. Visit our guide on the Kickstart Scheme to find out more.

Apprenticeship Funding

The government is set to introduce new funding available to employers who hire an apprentice. To find out more visit our sister site Employing an Apprentice.


To find out more information on the benefits of recruiting a student or graduate, funding, and local assistance available, visit our Developing a Student homepage.

Last Updated: Friday October 9 2020
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