In September, we sent out a survey. Our purpose? To find out how the corona crisis has impacted the career perspectives of employees as well as freelancers.

7 out of 10 job seekers think there are fewer vacancies now than before the corona crisis, and that companies postpone or pause their open positions. Yet, half of them would only accept a job that they are actually interested in. Furthermore, a third (33%) feel that companies have changed their payment conditions.

Liking the job is not the only requirement of job seekers today. Half of the respondents indicate that they attach more importance to a good work-life balance while looking for a job than before the corona crisis. 8 out of 10 would go so far as to accept a job with a lower salary in order to have a good work-life balance. About a fifth would do so no matter how big the difference in salaries. 3 out of 5 would only do so if the difference in salary remains low.

The balance between work and private life is more important to the job seekers than the possibility to work (regularly) from home, even though a third of them indicates that this is also very important to them. As opposed to a good work-life balance, this group is less inclined to accept a job that pays less for the opportunity to work at home. 1 in 10 would, no matter how big the difference, be ready to take a job that pays less if it allows them to work from home. If the difference in pay is low, 4 out of 10 job seekers would be willing to accept such a job.

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Job seekers fear a more difficult job hunt.

4 out of 5 job seekers (84%) think their professional future looks bleak. They fear that a new wave of the virus will negatively impact their job hunt. More than half (55%) doesn’t feel prepared for a new wave.

Will they turn over a new leaf then? 3 in 10 will do so: 19% of them is looking for a new job. The most important reasons to look for a new job are: more security (37%), finding a job that gives more satisfaction (36%) and more freedom (30%).

Moreover, 12% of the respondents with changing plans for the future want to go back to school to learn a new trade (44%), to switch to a domain that offers more security (35%) or to specialize in their current area of expertise (21%).

Conclusion?

In conclusion, the respondents feel that there are fewer vacancies on the job market as a consequence of the corona crisis. Nevertheless, they are determined to find a job that they genuinely like and that guarantees a good work-life balance. Even if they have to change their career path to achieve this.