As the COVID-19 pandemic has unfolded, Movement to Work has been keeping a close eye on research that has so far been released, showing both the effect on young people and their livelihoods, as well as the academic recommendations for how we should emerge from national lockdown.

We are keen to hear from our network regarding how they think and feel in response to the research that is emerging, or indeed if any organisations are compiling data that they would be willing to share with us.

Please contact if you have any more information or any questions.

Please note: The views expressed in these articles are not representative of Movement to Work’s formal position or recommendations in response to the crisis. Movement to Work is sharing this research to raise awareness and generate informed debate.


NUS research reports on student mental health and concerns during COVID-19

New research conducted by the NUS, that surveyed over 4000 young people, has found that more than 50% of students felt their mental health had… Read more

Research into what young jobseekers want in light of Covid-19

Research conducted by Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and Debut in June-July 2020 has recorded that the disruption caused by Covid-19 has caused over half… Read more

ONS data on Youth Unemployment and NEET Reporting (July-September 2020)

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have released the datasets for the Labour Market Overview and NEET (not in employment, education or training) data for… Read more

More than one in 10 young people have lost their job during the Covid-19 pandemic

New research, carried out by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and Exeter University has recorded that more than one in 10… Read more

Skills gap set to narrow as UK employees consider career change

A survey of 2000 UK professionals, conducted on behalf of CWJobs, has reported that over half of non-tech UK employees have considered or have already… Read more

Nine out of 10 employees will have to reskill by 2030

New research, conducted by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has concluded that nine out of every 10 employees will have to engage in some… Read more

Ethnic Diversity in the Workplace

A new report, conducted by Lloyd’s of London has found that 71% of Black employees reported facing barriers when it came to recruitment, compared to… Read more

The impact of Covid-19 on disabled adults in accessing good work – now and into the future

New research from Leonard Cheshire (UK disability charity) shows that more than 70% of disabled employees have lost income, become unemployed or been furloughed by… Read more

Evaluating the effects of the current economic crisis on the UK labour market

The Resolution Foundation’s latest report presents evidence on the effects of the coronavirus crisis on workers. Results from a survey of 6,000 working-age adults shows… Read more

Resolution Foundation’s Intergenerational Audit for the UK 2020

This report focuses on economic living standards (using measures including jobs, skills and pay), as well as  exploring the health and social effects of the… Read more

Inequality in the impact of the Coronavirus Shock: New Survey Evidence for the UK

This paper explores novel survey data from a large representative sample of UK workers on 25th March, two days into the government-imposed lock-down. Findings suggest… Read more

Sector shutdowns during the Coronavirus crisis: which workers are most exposed?

This paper explores which workers are most exposed as a result of the lock-down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 has effectively shut down… Read more

Sector COVID-19 and the world of work: Impact and policy responses

This note offers the ILO’s preliminary assessment concerning the possible impacts of COVID-19 on the world of work and proposes a range of policy options… Read more

Getting Back to Work: Dealing with the labour market impacts of the COVID-19 recession

The report shows there is clear evidence that prolonged spells of unemployment, particularly while young, can cause long-lasting ‘scars’ on an individual’s future earnings, employment… Read more

The case for releasing the young from lockdown

The UK is ‘locked down’ because of coronavirus (COVID-19). No clear exit strategy currently exists. This paper suggests a possible way forward that combines elements… Read more

How are Gen Z responding to the coronavirus pandemic?

UK Trendence Research ran a snap survey to understand how university students and young people are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in the UK. Key… Read more

“Youth employment prospects are crumbling”

More than a quarter of firms expect to hire fewer graduates because of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development… Read more

COVID-19 will have a ‘scarring’ effect on the careers of young people

Economists have found a persistent “scarring” effect on the careers of people who enter the labour market during a crisis, with wages still lower on… Read more

More than a quarter of companies anticipate hiring fewer graduates

Some of the UK’s biggest employers have cancelled or delayed recruitment schemes and internships, amid concerns that the coronavirus pandemic could hit the job prospects… Read more

Coronavirus and the Labour Market: Impacts and Challenges

Coronavirus is a public health crisis and the Government has rightly taken unprecedented measures to tackle it. This has included significant restrictions on much social… Read more

Which industries are worst hit by both Brexit and COVID-19?

According to the CV Library, the top 10 sectors that saw the biggest drop in job adverts as a result of Brexit and COVID-19 are:… Read more

Coronavirus Risky Business: Economic impacts of the coronavirus crisis on different groups of workers

The coronavirus crisis has affected everyone. Everyone’s health is at risk and to combat the disease, working lives have been altered across the country. But… Read more

Coronavirus Vulnerable Young People: COVID-10 Response

A report from the National Youth Agency identifies the top three concerns for vulnerable young people during COVID-19: ‘Increased mental health problems’: Over a million young… Read more

Young, vulnerable, and increasing- why we need to start worrying more about youth unemployment

The Youth Futures Foundation and Impetus have worked in partnership on a new analysis of the population of young people who are neither earning nor… Read more

Young People in Lockdown

The Prince’s Trust and YouGov have released the Young People in Lockdown report, with research conducted during lockdown revealing 46% of 16-25 years olds say that… Read more

Latest data released for Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

A report published by the Resolution Foundation suggests that the coronavirus crisis is expected to hit workers hard, with evidence from previous crises indicating that… Read more

Young workers in the coronavirus crisis: Findings from the Resolution Foundation’s coronavirus survey

A report published by the Resolution Foundation suggests that the coronavirus crisis is expected to hit workers hard, with evidence from previous crises indicating that… Read more

Coronavirus: Young people ‘most likely to lose work’ in lockdown

Young people are most likely to have lost work or seen their income drop because of COVID-19, a report suggests. More than one in three… Read more

Class of 2020 -Education leavers in the current crisis

This report focuses on the prospects facing young people leaving full-time education today, highlighting the size and length of employment and pay scarring that they… Read more

COVID-19: The impact of the crisis on student recruitment and development

This report (registration required) warns that the number of entry-level jobs available to students and school-leavers seeking employment this year will be reduced by around… Read more

Only a minimum income can ensure support for everyone

This report examines those who are at greatest risk of missing out on the government’s financial support packages. The analysis found that 1.6 million people… Read more

Assessing the early impact of school and college closures on students in England

This report explores the experiences of young people following the closure of schools in England on 20th March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It… Read more

Young People In Lockdown: A report by The Prince’s Trust and YouGov

According to this report, the coronavirus emergency has left young people all over the UK, including many who have only just started their working lives,… Read more

Securing a place for young people in the nation’s economic recovery  

This paper presents the final recommendations from the Youth Employment Group, for measures to support young people through the COVID-19 crisis, improve their employment prospects… Read more

COVID: Seven ways the job market has changed for young people

According to the BBC, young people have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic’s disruption to the jobs market. Research shows that the under-25s saw… Read more