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HR professionals spend less time on pandemic-related work

HR professionals who were previously spending all, or almost all, of their time working on COVID-19-related policies has dropped to 32 percent, new research finds. 

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More than one in three employers plan to top up furloughed employees' salary to full
More than one in three employers plan to top up furloughed employees' salary to full

A study of nearly 400 HR professionals was carried out by solutions provider XpertHR last week.

 

The organisation said HR professionals are now moving beyond the immediate crisis stage in dealing with the fallout from the Coronavirus pandemic as working from home, furloughing and heightened workplace health and safety measures bed in.

 

The research found more than 71 percent of organisations are now using, or are planning to use, the government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

 

It also found that those employers using CJRS are typically using it to furlough a minority of their workforce. Nearly one in three (28 percent) HR professionals said they are furloughing less than 10 percent of their employees.

 

Although the government scheme pays 80 percent of salary up to a maximum of £2,500 a month (the equivalent of £30,000 a year), the survey found more than one in three (35 percent) employers plan to top this up to full salary.

 

However, the research also found that one in four employers are now making, or planning to make, employees redundant.

 

In other key findings, 71 percent of HR professionals said they dealt with employee requests to cancel annual leave over Easter and 36 percent have required employees to take annual leave as the closedown hit their business.

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