COVID-19 - Workforce Information

This page contains information on COVID-19 in relation to workforce issues.  Given the fast-changing situation, we are constantly working to update the information as it becomes available and as often as possible.   However, we advise that you check the national and governmental websites for their most up-to-date information.  Scroll down to access the links to these which are provided at the bottom of this page.

This page was last edited on 6 September 2021

EMC/Regional Employers/LGA Workforce Updates and FAQ’s

COVID-19 New & Updated Government Guidance - 25 June 2020

National Covid-19 Workforce Data Collection 

Most recent results 

LGA Research Report - COVID 19 Workforce Survey - 13 November 2020

 NJC Circulars

Government Guidance

COVID Update – Operational Guidance on Vaccination Requirements for Care Homes (August 2021)

DHSC has now published operational guidance to support the regulations that come into force on 11 November regarding mandatory vaccinations for workers and visitors to care homes. The 16-week grace period for all care home workers began on 22 July. This means that, to meet the date the regulations come into force, workers have to have their first vaccinations no later than 16 September. The guidance is lengthy but has separate sections for local authorities, registered persons, staff, residents and their families and visiting professionals. It can be accessed here: DHSC  guidance

A letter was sent to local authority chief executives, directors of adult social services, care home providers and care home managers from DHSC Director, Claire Armstrong, to accompany the guidance and this is available here. The letter outlines that the full vaccination requirement will not apply to: 

  • Anyone who provides evidence that shows for clinical reasons they should not be vaccinated.
  • Family and friends visiting a care home resident
  • Any person providing emergency assistance
  • Any member of the emergency services in execution of their duties
  • Anyone undertaking urgent maintenance work
  • Any person who whom it is reasonable to provide comfort or support to a care home resident in relation to their bereavement following the death of a relative or friend
  • Any person visiting a dying care home resident.

You can find additional resources, including social media assets and a Q&A, in DHSC’s  stakeholder google drive, as well as on the Skills for Care vaccination as a condition of deployment resource centre once it has been updated. Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare, has also written a blog on their experiences of implementing a similar policy this year, which may be of interest. 

CQC have also published a statement on their role in relation to mandatory vaccination of people working/deployed in care homes. CQC say the requirement for vaccination will become part of the fundamental standards and enforced in appropriate cases. They will not begin monitoring until it becomes a duty in November. They will continue to use their existing assessment and enforcement policies and take a proportionate approach. The statement outlines CQC’s approach to registration, monitoring and inspection and enforcement.

VCOD guidance letter to providers and local ASC leaders

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extention (12 May 2020)

The Government has announced that its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will be extended from the end of June to until 31 October 2020. However, from the start of August changes will be made to the scheme with furloughed workers being able to return to work part-time, with the employer paying a percentage towards the salaries of their furloughed workers. Further details of the changes will be announced by the end of May, and in the meantime updates have been made to the LGA guidance on the scheme and its current application to local authorities.  

See below for links to the announcement and the LGA guidance:-

Our Plan to Rebuild - Government's Covid-19 Recovery Strategy (11 May 2020)

On 11 May, BEIS issued this guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.    This sets out practical steps for businesses focused on 5 key points, which should be implemented as soon as it is practical.

Key Worker Testing for COVID-19 (updated 27 April 2020)

Please find below links to details of the new portal for Covid-19 keyworker testing:-

Other related documents:

Amendment to RIDDOR Reporting in relation to Covid-19 - The Health and Safety Executive has recently amended the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences regulations (RIDDOR) 2013, to include the requirement to report possible or actual exposure to the Covid-19 virus as a result of, or in connection with, a work activity. 

Please see document below.

LGA Workforce Guidance – Schools

Please see below LGA guidance below on schoools - 20 January 2021

Key headlines:

‘In light of this changing situation, we now recommend that the rollout of daily contact testing within schools is paused, other than for schools involved in further evaluation. This will enable the further detailed evaluation of changing circumstances including, potentially, lower infection rates and modelling work required to understand the benefits of daily contact testing in the this new phase of the pandemic.’

‘Schools should continue to test their staff regularly (twice-weekly where possible, in line with recommendations for other workforces that need to leave the home to work) and test pupils twice upon return to school, as has been the case since the start of January.’

Please see below LGA guidance around schools - 8 January 2021

Please see below LGA and DfE publication of planning guide for primary schools - 11 May 2020

The DFE has issued guidance below on schools (Education and childcare settings) re-opening - 12 May 2020 

Please see below LGA and DfE school related Covid-19 news and guidance – circulated to HR schools / education leads in councils - 27 April 2020

 LGA and DfE school related Guidance 27 April 2020

The following schools related guidance has been issued on 20 April 2020 following government announcements over the weekend including Secretary of State announcement below:

Previous schools guidance information issued is below:

Additional Resources

EMC HR and Public Health England Webinar - 25 March 2020 

On 25 March 2020 EMC held a webinar for HR colleagues in the region providing an opportunity to hear the latest information from Public Health England (PHE) and the Local Government Association (LGA).

Phil Bundy and Harry Honor, lead national advisers from the LGA and Dr Fu-Meng Khaw, Director and Ann Crawford, Deputy Director Heath (Wellbeing and Workforce Development) PHE, East Midlands provided the information and the 50 colleagues who attended also benefitted from taking part in a Q&A session.

Below you can access the webinar recording, powerpoint slides and PHE guidance provided:

Equality impacts and risks for Covid19 Devon CC

Health and Wellbeing Resources

Advisory Bulletin

Advisory bulletin 678 - March 2020 Coronavirus and Statutory Annual Leave  

Apprenticeships and Covid-19

The latest updates from the LGA on apprenticeships can be found below.

COVID-19 and Apprenticeships: Webinar for Local Government

On 8 April 2020 the LGA and ESFA held a webinar for local authorities to discuss the issues COVID-19 is causing for our apprenticeships work.

Below you can access the webinar recording and powerpoint slides.

Other Useful Websites