September 15, 2021
Only a third of employers have asked staff if they’re vaccinated
As the Government is due to unveil its winter plan for COVID-19 and the ONS confirms employee numbers are back at record levels, according to the latest survey from CV-Library, three-quarters (75.2 percent) of professionals feel employers should be allowed to ask staff if they’re vaccinated against COVID-19. What’s more, a further 59.7 percent stated that recruiters should be allowed to ask this question during an interview.
The study, which surveyed 2,000 UK professionals, comes the day after vaccinations for 12–15-year-olds were recommended and as the nation awaits to hear about booster jabs. Despite this, and with the majority of UK workers (58.6 percent) admitting they’ve had to isolate since ‘pingdemic’ was triggered by ‘Freedom Day’ on 19th July, only a third (33.7 percent) of business owners have asked their staff whether they had been vaccinated for the virus.
“As businesses navigate these unchartered waters, keeping staff safe must be the priority”
Lee Biggins, CEO and founder of CV-Library comments: “While the majority of UK professionals are happy to be asked about their vaccination record, it’s an incredibly emotive and divisive subject. It’s vital that businesses tread carefully to avoid discrimination.”
Biggin’s continues: “As businesses navigate these unchartered waters, keeping staff safe must be the priority. With the ONS announcing that the number of job vacancies has peaked at over 1 million for the first time ever, and employee numbers are back at pre-pandemic levels, it’s also important that staff members – current or prospective – don’t feel ostracised regarding their decisions over the vaccine.”
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