Many employees plan career-change following coronavirus pandemic

Half of workers intend to change career in the next 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, it has emerged.

Research from insurance giant Aviva also found that one in 10 of 2,400 workers surveyed said they aim to find a job that will allow them to work from home.

Londoners are most likely to want to work remotely, compared to a minority of those living in the East of England, said the report.

Covid-19 has also brought forward some people’s retirement plans, with one in 10 workers aged 55-64 saying they plan to retire in the next 12 months.

Gareth Hemming of Aviva said: “The additional time at home and the temporary closure of many services has meant that people have found different ways to use their time, and in some cases developed new skills.

“Lockdown has also allowed time to reflect on lifestyles and vocations, so it’s possible that innovative career paths may be forged, making use of these new talents.”

Earlier this month, another Aviva study revealed 49 per cent of employed British adults feel positive about the prospect of returning to their place of work after lockdown, with less than one in five feeling negative.

In the poll 0f 2,000 employees, 42 per cent spent lockdown working from home, 26 per cent continued to work in their usual place of business, 21 per cent were furloughed and six per cent continued to work in different locations in a key trade.

A further five per cent were not working and not on furlough.

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