It's incredible to see the reaction and adaptation from our engineering and manufacturing community with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Companies are going above and beyond to make sure that they can protect and in some cases, even create new jobs.
Some businesses are really embracing this as an opportunity to show their staff just how valued they are. Some of the measures that we have seen across the industry are:
- A change of hours. Some businesses have adopted 24-hour models and added new shifts to help make sure that their staff can adhere to social distancing rules.
- Closing the doors (temporarily). Some businesses have had short shutdowns to reconfigure shop floor layouts to help accommodate social distancing.
- A shift in production. We have seen some companies shift some, and in some cases all, of their production lines to manufacture essential equipment and items to help frontline staff.
- Temporary Furlough. Where it is entirely unavoidable, we are seeing companies furlough staff, taking advantage of the government's new Job Relief Scheme to help protect incomes.
If you are in one of these businesses that continue to go to work every day we would like to say thank you for all of your hard work, it's not going unnoticed.
If you're a manufacturing, engineering or tech business in need of staff, please get in touch, we are here to support you.