Social impacts of the coronavirus on Great Britain

Social impacts of the coronavirus on Great Britain

Report shows that the proportion of adults travelling to work rose above 60% for the first time since the survey began, to 62%. The proportion working from home remained at 20% for the second consecutive week, with the proportion of working adults not working from home or travelling to work reducing from 23% to 18%, suggesting more people are returning to work. The proportion of adults shopping for necessities increased to 74%, a level not seen since June. The proportion shopping for other things remained relatively steady at 23%.

The proportion of adults who had used a face covering in the previous week when leaving home remained at or above 95% for the fifth consecutive week. Further breakdowns such as the situations when a face covering was worn (for example, while shopping) and by the constituent countries of Great Britain will be available in Coronavirus and the social impacts on Great Britain published on 18 September 2020.

Between 4 and 11 September, total online job adverts increased from 50% to 53% of their 2019 average

Total weekly job adverts on Adzuna, UK, 4 January 2019 to 11 September 2020, index 2019 average = 100
he three percentage point increase in the volume of online job adverts in the last week was spread evenly across the Adzuna categories, with an increase in 24 of the 28 categories (this count excludes the “unknown” category).

In particular, the volume of online job adverts in the information technology, computing and software category increased seven percentage points to 64% of its 2019 average, its highest level since 17 April. Online job adverts also increased five percentage points in wholesale and retail and four percentage points in health care and social care, partially offsetting the previous week’s decrease.

Prices of items in the food and drink basket decreased by 0.1% in the latest week, driven by several categories such as bread and cereals and vegetables
The largest contributions to the decline in prices in the latest week were seen in bread and cereals (with a weekly price decrease of 0.6%) with the largest contribution being from dried potted snacks (minus 0.3 percentage points) and in vegetables (with a weekly price decrease of 0.3%), largely driven by price decreases in potato-based items such as crisps, potatoes and chips (together contributing 0.2 percentage points to the decrease).

These downward contributions were partially offset by an overall price increase for milk, cheese and eggs (that showed a weekly price increase of 0.5%), driven by an increase in the majority of items in this category, with the largest contributions being from mousse and yoghurt (contributing 0.4 percentage points) and cheese (contributing 0.1 percentage points).