#FUTUREOFWORK EXCLUSIVE | Happy Recruiter survey: 2 out of 3 Romanians say their job was affected by Covid-19

Mihai Cristea 29/04/2020 | 10:55

Happy Recruiter, the recruitment company which developed Dora, the Recruitment Robot, conducted a survey in the April 17-23 period and talked to almost 30,000 people to see what their perception of the current crisis is and how they see the future of the workforce market.

 

2 out of 3 Romanians say their job is affected by Covid-19

61,52 percent of the people surveyed by Happy Recruiter confirmed that their job was affected in some manner by the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. (Main photo: Is your job affected by the Covid-19 crisis? Yes – 61.52% | No – 38.48%)

From the interviewed people, 25.57 percent worked in the industrial sector, 17.4 percent in the constructions sector, 10.9 percent in retail/commerce, and 10,05 percent in transportations, these segments making up two thirds of the respondents. The other third is made up from people working in Office/Administration, Services, Logistics/Warehousing, HORECA, and the medical field.

 

Most people are concerned about health and the future

Happy Recruiter also included in the study questions about the current issues and concerns of this period. The results revealed that Romanians are mostly concerned about issues such as their health, their future, and their income. 44.69 percent said that their biggest concern is health, 28.48 percent – an unsafe future, and 23.18 percent – their income. Other respondents said their top concern was the enforced physical and social distancing, or accessing basic resources.

The concern for health appeared especially with respondents who also said their job was affected to a lesser extent by the current crisis. Those whose jobs were more significantly affected (layoffs, technical unemployment, pay cuts), are mostly worried by their income or the uncertain future they face.

 

2 out of 5 Romanians who said they are affected by the Covid-19 crisis are in technical unemployment

43.83 percent are in technical unemployment, 25.11 percent are out of a job, and 16.89 percent had their wages cut. People who responded they have to work remotely represent 4 percent, while those who have seen their workloads increased – 2.6 percent.

 

3 out of 5 Romanians are satisfied with their employers conduct

58 percent of the respondents said they are satisfied with how their employers reacted and managed the crisis. The main reasons for this were being organized (29,55 percent), offering continuity (22.53 percent), caring about employees (19.77 percent), good communication (16.5 percent), and being transparent (7.29 percent).

The reasons invoked by those who said are unhappy with their employers are: layoffs (30 percent), pay cuts (21.5 percent), being indifferent or failing to provide sanitary work conditions (11.34 percent). Other reasons for unhappiness among the respondents were not being organized, lack of communication, or lack of transparency.

 

7 out of 10 Romanians are looking for a job

Happy Recruiter selected for this analysis two out of the 7 countries were the company is active, Romania and Belgium, in order to compare the differences between Eastern and Western Europe.

67.11 percent of Romanian respondents said they are in search for a new job, while a similar number, 65 percent of Belgians said the same thing.

 

Romanians, more optimistic than Belgians

Only 3.51 percent of the Romanian respondents said the situation will never return to the normality we were used to, while the Belgians were more pessimistic: 13.51 percent of them say things will never be as they used to.

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