93% of engineering employees have no back-to-'normal'-work timeframe, reveals survey

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23rd April 2020 12:59 - Engineering

93% of engineering employees have no back to 'normal' work timeframe: A survey of employees working in the engineering sector has revealed that the overwhelming majority (92.8%) have no sense of when they will be returning to work as they knew it and when normal operations will be resumed. 

The survey conducted by Professional Engineering polled 240 respondents (IMechE members and Professional Engineering readers), 87% of whom are currently working from home, with just 7.2% reporting knowing when normal work will start up again. 

Asked how long they expected the current working situation to last, 30.5% said they think they will need to work from home for the next 9-12 weeks, while 10.3% think it will be longer than this. Around three in 10 believe it is more likely to be five to eight weeks until they go back, while 7.3% are optimistic it will be within two to four weeks. 

The study revealed that 15.5% of respondents know colleagues who have been furloughed using the government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, since their team began working from home. 

When asked about how prepared their company was in reacting to the COVID-19 crisis, more than three-quarters said they were prepared, although the degree to which varied. While a quarter said their organisation was 'very prepared', two-fifths (40%) said they were 'somewhat' prepared and 17.5% said they were 'a little' prepared. The percentage of respondents saying their company was not prepared at all for the pandemic was 16.8%.

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