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Frequently Asked Recruitment Questions During Coronavirus

We have recently been inundated with messages from you about employment, furlough, government guidelines and finding work.
Below we have answered the most commonly asked questions in our FAQ.

Neaves & Neat is an award-winning, with over 30 years experience supporting businesses in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

If there is anything else you would like to know, please contact our team who will do their best to help you: email victoria@nandn.co.uk or call 01353 667005.

Are companies still recruiting?

Yes. While many companies have enrolled employees onto government schemes, many companies across the country have seen an increase in demand. Changes in hiring largely depend on the nature of the business, and the industry it supplies. Rest assured, there is still work available.

 

How are companies interviewing with the new government guidelines in place?

With the new government guidelines in place many companies have moved to an online interview process. Including telephone or video interviews. The process of an interview will be similar online and requires the same preparation as a face-to-face interview.

We have free advice to candidates preparing for interviews here:

 

What are companies doing once an offer has been made, how do you start a new job without going to an office?

With the new government guidelines in place companies are onboarding new staff virtually. With support from companies like us, we are advising clients how to induct new employees video video calls, emails and where possible safely delivering any hardware needed to staff to work from home.

Some companies who require staff to work from shops, offices, or hospitals, for example, are advise to put in place guidelines to keep employees safe. There is more information on the government website.

 

What types of vacancies are available?

There are still a variety of jobs available, from support staff, digital teams, companies are especially hiring digital teams to update their infrastructures,

 

Should I go to work?

You should work from home unless it is impossible for you to do so. Sometimes this will not be possible, as not everyone can work from home. Certain jobs require people to travel to their place of work – for instance if you operate machinery, work in construction or manufacturing, or are delivering front line services.

See the full guidance on going to work.

 

Staying at home

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.

See the stay at home guidance for more information.

 

Do you have any advice for video or telephone interviews?

The process of an interview will continue to be similar online and requires the same preparation as a face-to-face interview.

We have free advice to candidates preparing for interviews here:

 

What does “furlough” mean?

‘Furloughed worker’ is not a recognised term in UK employment law, although it is commonly used in the US. Government guidance says someone is furloughed if they remain employed but are not undertaking work. To furlough means to “lay off or suspend temporarily”, usually without pay. In the UK, the legal term would be “laid off”.

While furloughed employees still technically retain their jobs, the furlough itself means that they cease working for their employers and do not earn a salary. The idea is that this is a temporary arrangement, and workers will one day be able to return to their jobs.

 

Furloughed workers

If you and your employer both agree, your employer might be able to keep you on the payroll if they’re unable to operate or have no work for you to do because of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is known as being ‘on furlough’.

You could get paid 80% of your wages, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

Check if you could be covered by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

If you would like to know more, or have any further questions, contact our team who will do their best to help you: email victoria@nandn.co.uk or call 01353 667005.

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