We’ve emerged from lockdown and some of us have gone back into local variations. Commuting is rising and schools are back, but infection rates are also going up and some schools closed or partially closed almost as soon as they reopened.
How is all the uncertainty of this next phase of the coronavirus affecting you as we prepare to hear if the furlough scheme will be extended or targeted and whether there will be more support for some badly affected sectors?
Workingmums.co.uk ran a survey in the early days of lockdown and now that we have entered a new phase we want to check in with you again to find out how the last months have affected you and how you view the next ones.
The questions cover everything from furlough, redundancy and the role of childcare in these to how you feel about the return to school, whether your employer has been understanding or not and how you would ideally like to work in the future. It also covers childcare issues now, sharing of childcare, financial concerns and job search as well as what you need from us to help you in the next months.
The previous survey, published in early May, presented early evidence that women felt they were carrying most of the burden of childcare and homeschooling during lockdown.
Eleven per cent asked to be furloughed because of a lack of available childcare, but most had been turned down and, as a result, had to use informal care, unpaid leave, annual leave or work around their children. While most said their employers were supporting their employees during lockdown, 25% said their employer was not doing a good job.
*We would be very grateful for your participation in our new survey, whose results we will share widely to inform other organisations and policymakers working on these issues as well as the support we offer. Click here to take part.