• Diversity Scotland

Workforce Strategy Survey 2020 - Findings


The teams at Diversity Scotland and Includes You worked in collaboration to better understand how organisations in the UK operated during lockdown and how they are planning to operate as COVID-19 restrictions start to ease across the country from July 2020.

The survey sought to understand what employers are now considering about their workforce strategy in terms of:

  • recruitment

  • possible redundancies


  • The majority of respondents (78%) continued to make new external hires across H1 2020

  • However, the number of respondents making new external hires dropped by 20% between 23rd March 2020 to 30th June 2020

  • Three quarters of respondents expect their organisation to make new external hires until 31st December 2020, with one quarter having no such plans

  • The majority of respondents said their organisation did not make redundancies as a direct result of COVID-19 in 2020

  • However, 31% of respondents said their organisation did plan on making redundancies prior to 31st December 2020 because of COVID-19