AgCareers.com continues to keep a pulse on the agricultural industry’s employment situation during the COVID-19 pandemic. To identify key trends over time during the pandemic, AgCareers.com conducted two surveys of agricultural employers, along with two surveys of employees/job seekers. AgCareers.com released these trends in the new Agribusiness Workforce Preparations for COVID-19: Highlights Report.
Results show that most agricultural employers now have a pandemic business continuity plan in place. Employers’ dominant coverage plan for sick or absent employees is work rotation – minimize exposure among staff with on and off schedules. More than 80% of ag employers have not taken action to manage employment numbers, but for those that have acted, furloughs were the most frequent action. Regarding summer internship plans, nearly half of ag employers are still evaluating what their plan will be.
One-third of US employees report they are now working from home because of COVID-19. Nearly 80% of employees said COVID-19 hasn’t impacted their employment status. If there was a change, the most common was reduction in hours. Nearly half (46%) of job seekers and employees say they’re exploring their job options, which remained steady from the first survey.