With the gradual ease out of lockdown and the furlough scheme ending in September 2021, ECC needs to proactively plan for the increased and changing demand on employment services. These circumstances will potentially create a new cohort of individuals who have not needed to previously engage with these services. A broader programme of work is underway to understand financial resilience across the county, but their is a need to build on the broader financial resilience programme and gather views, perspectives and feelings from residents and businesses to bring the experiences of changed employment due to Covid 19 to life. This research will inform and support the development of the employment services strategy.
The qualitative piece of research with the aims of finding:
- How employment experience during the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted wellbeing
- How Essex residents feel about employment opportunities
- What internal/external barriers and opportunities there are for re-entering the job market
- Identifying what support Essex residents need for employment opportunities as we ease out of lockdown.