More workers quit their jobs during coronavirus – report – .

More workers quit their jobs during coronavirus – report – .

Unscheduled layoffs and unpaid leave are not the only ways the coronavirus pandemic has rocked the job market, and the Israel Employment Service (IES) said on Sunday that the number of people who left their jobs in 2020 jumped about 60% to 47,100, up from 29,300 in 2019.

In 2020, the percentage of job seekers who quit stood at 22.3% and currently stands at 22.6%, compared to 16.1% a year earlier and only 12.3% in 2014 .

But the higher numbers only tell part of the story. In recent years, when the economy was strong and employment opportunities were plentiful, most of the people who quit their jobs and applied for unemployment benefits were well-educated, well-paid people who were looking for better opportunities. , said IES.

However, during the current crisis, there has been a noticeable increase in the number of low-paid workers leaving their jobs as well. These are people who in the past have been more reluctant to quit their jobs, either for lack of financial security or for lack of better options.

The IES suggested several reasons for the change. One of them was the government’s economic safety net program, which offered a generous package of unemployment benefits to people who lost their jobs during the pandemic. The program, which guaranteed up to 70% of a worker’s initial salary for many months after losing their job, offered a low-risk opportunity for most young workers to explore other opportunities, said IES.

Lior Raz from hit Israeli series “Fauda” seen with other Israeli artists and actors helping prepare food packages for those in need, following economic hardship and high unemployment due to restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. July 20, 2020 (credit: TOMER NEUBERG / FLASH90)

The report also noted that the local trend mirrors a similar trend that has been reported overseas where the crisis has prompted people to rethink their life priorities and choose new career paths.

Another issue was how the coronavirus has transformed the jobs of many people. Severe cuts resulted in additional stress and anxiety among workers, which often meant workers retained by their employers were forced to take on more tasks in the workplace, IES noted.

Many workers also realized during the crisis that the time had come for them to take retraining courses to upgrade their skills in a changing environment.

“The increase in the number of resignations among low-paid workers has been made possible by the extension of unemployment benefits until last July,” said Rami Graur, CEO of IES.

“However, not everyone was able to take advantage of the time to redefine a career path, build skills and improve job skills. These data emphasize the importance of strengthening professional skills, in particular digital skills, to allow a return to the labor market with opportunities for promotion and professional mobility in the labor market ”, he added.

Graur called on job seekers to examine the variety of employment service programs available.


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