Almost half of all British workers fear for their job after a year of working from home due to Covid-19, a new report has found.
A study by academics from the University of Strathclyde and the University of Manchester on the experiences of working during Covid-19 has highlighted concerns over the potential for employers to exploit the Covid-19 crisis to make redundancies.
A year on from the beginning of the pandemic which saw millions of workers leave the office, preliminary findings from the Covid-19 and Working from Home survey show that 48 per cent of workers are worried about their job security and Covid-19 job losses.
A further 45 per cent raised concerns about employers seeking to change to their contracts, while more than a third of those taking part said they were worried about potential reductions in pay and a quarter about a reduction in working hours.
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Almost all respondents emphasised that future change to patterns of work should be optional and wanted their union to negotiate to ensure arrangements are shaped in members’ interests.