13 May 2020
Go to release: Employment and Life Effects of COVID-19
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has today (13 May 2020) published Employment and Life Effects of COVID-19.
Commenting on the data, Statistician, Sinead Bracken, said:
'Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many changes to employment and day-to-day life for the people of Ireland. This publication analyses changes to work/employment, emotional well-being, effect on finances, and the impact on families for the Irish population aged 15 years and over.
Of the 47% of the population who have had their employment impacted by COVID-19, just over a third (34%) have started remote working from home, and 23% of affected persons have seen a change to their work hours. Of the population whose employment situation was affected by COVID-19 in that they lost their employment, were temporarily laid off, are on paid leave or unpaid leave, 94% expect to return to the same job after COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has seen 46% of the population aged 15 years+ increasing positive family time, with 59% of the population increasing their contact with family via telephone, Skype, Facetime etc.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the emotional well-being of the population aged 15 years+, in that 17% are worried about money, 24% are feeling lonely and 26% are afraid to go shopping. People aged over 65 years are those most afraid to go shopping.'
These results are based on questions quickly included in the Q2 Labour Force Survey as the COVID-19 pandemic developed. These questions asked respondents about changes to their employment and their day-to-day life since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These results give an insight into how our personal, home and work lives are changing and what the impact is on our well-being.
The statistics in this publication are based on a survey of 2,288 persons aged 15 years and over, sampled through the Q2 2020 Labour Force Survey. The data was gathered from 8 April 2020 – 23 April 2020 via CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing). More details on survey methodology can be found in the Background notes to the survey.
Sinead Bracken (+353) 21 453 5935 or Caroline Barrett (+353) 21 453 5485
or email Health@cso.ie
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