Survey Reveals a Lack of Confidence in the Jobs Market and Anxieties about the Future

17th August 2020, Dublin – A recent Jobs & Employment survey has revealed that a large majority of people’s employment conditions have been affected by Covid-19. This has led to many people being worried about their future security and are anxious about the thought of heading into another recession. The survey also sheds light on how remote working has become widespread with many believing it is here to stay in one form or another.

These have been found in a recent survey conducted by, an online jobs fair connecting jobseekers with companies and recruitment firms, which takes place on 27th August.


The current pandemic has had a significant effect on employment with 78% of people surveyed saying that their working situation has been affected by Covid-19. 34% of people who responded to the survey said that their job had been severely affected by Covid-19, with another 25% saying that their employment had been moderately affected.



The survey also found that 72% of people admitted that they were concerned about their future employment prospects. While Covid-19 might be the current challenge many are facing, looking to the future, it is the looming threat of recession that was listed as the main reason behind the anxiety many feel about the future. Covid-19, Housing Crisis and business/industry having financial difficulty were also flagged as issues to be worried about.


Change Sectors

These worries are reflected in the fact that 53% of people surveyed said that they had considered changing sectors this year with 45% going on to state that a lack of opportunities was the biggest obstacle when it came to achieving their career goals.

It is worth noting that 52% of the survey respondents felt that the government has done enough to support employment during the Covid-19 crisis, while 28% felt they should be doing more.


Remote Working

Asked to what extent employment was remote-based prior to Covid-19, 50% of those surveyed were office-based, with 35% stating their job consisted of both remote and office-based work. Since the Covid-19 pandemic 70% of responders stated that the nature of their job has changed in respect to remote working.

It is interesting to note how remote work has impacted upon people’s concept of working conditions in the future as 69% of those surveyed envisioned future working conditions as being a combination of both office-based and remote work. The remaining were split equally between fully remote and return to fully office-based work.

Asked whether they would expect their employer to further embrace remote working after Covid-19, 57% said Yes, with 18% saying No. In addition, 81% felt it was important that there are supports for remote working put in place by the government.



When asked to describe their productivity while working remotely, 33% claimed they were as productive while working remotely, while 22% felt they were more productive. Only 12% of those surveyed thought that they were being less productive.


About the Responders

Of the responders, 46%, are in employment but 34% are actively looking to change roles, while 6% are students or recent graduates looking to take the first step in their career. 17% of those surveyed are from an IT background, with 12% coming from Science and Engineering fields and 9% come from the world of Finance with the rest spread across Education, Hospitality, Medical, Retail and employment listed as Other.

50% of those surveyed had 5+ work experience in their listed sector.
74% have completed either an undergraduate or postgraduate level education.

Virtual Recruitment Ireland is an online recruitment fair connecting jobseekers with companies and recruitment firms via a virtual jobs fair that takes place on 27th August. The virtual recruitment event will connect job-seekers with employers, HR and personnel professionals from top companies across Ireland and around the world, allowing candidates to explore an array of jobs and career opportunities. Virtual Recruitment Ireland is organised by BCS Recruitment. When registering on the event, job-seekers can upload their CV so recruiters can match their skills and experience to their openings.

Those wishing to attend the virtual recruitment event on 27th August can register free of charge at

More information
Bronagh Cotter
Virtual Recruitment Ireland
T: 087 646 3175

Bronagh Cotter Jobs ExpoThe award-winning Jobs Expo runs Ireland's leading jobs and recruitment fairs. Managing Director Bronagh Cotter takes pride in putting skilled professionals directly in contact with leading employers from Ireland and abroad.

Bronagh is the founder of the highly successful BCS Recruitment, specialist recruitment consultancy and event organiser and took over Jobs Expo seven years ago. With more than 20 years of experience in the recruitment industry, Bronagh has grown Jobs Expo from strength to strength, so much so that it now leads the way as Ireland's #1 platform for recruitment.

Under Bronagh's leadership and guidance, Jobs Expo has welcomed more than 80,000 jobseekers to its various exhibitions where they are able to meet recruiters (both Irish and international) and attend Jobs Expo's Career Clinic and a wide range of exciting seminars, presented by industry professionals.

This year, recruitment has been significantly affected as a direct result of the Covid-19 pandemic that has swept across the globe. Innovation and adaptability have been the guiding principles taken by Bronagh and her team in order to tackle the challenges the industry has faced.

Jobs Expo continues to find ways to innovate and adapt and has taken a proactive response strategy towards the current climate. Responsible for driving the company's vision, Bronagh has developed a platform called Virtual Recruitment to assist all her loyal clients during Covid. The platform demonstrates an incredible level of innovation and creative imagination to ensure that Jobs Expo can continue to deliver the highest quality of recruitment fairs the industry has come to expect.

How it works:

All clients get a virtual booth and will get to interview up to 3000 candidates.

The company will upload their jobs and candidates can apply directly to the company before the event and up to one month after this event.

In this way, Virtual Recruitment will benefit job seekers, by connecting them directly with employers with real job vacancies and also benefit job providers, by reducing administrative burden and investment in time and resources, making the recruitment process far more efficient.

Bronagh is passionate about bringing the top companies and the best candidates together during Covid and empowering individuals to explore an array of career opportunities and find jobs all over the country during these challenging times. For companies, such an innovative way to hire staff is the perfect way to promote the company, chat with skilled candidates seeking new career opportunities, make high-quality connections and disseminate detailed information.

The biggest journeys often start with the smallest steps and Virtual Recruitment can be an employer's step to successful recruiting and an individual's step to a successful career.

Email Bronagh Cotter at for information.

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