Covid-19 Return to Work Plans in the Life Science Sector

In Australia, our INRALS partner On Q Recruitment recently undertook an extensive survey of life science organisations as they enter their return to work phase. This survey covered both international and local organisations that employ in excess of 10,000 staff.

As organisations in Australia are approximately 3 weeks ahead of the UK and Ireland in terms of returning to the workplace, the results are both very interesting and very relevant to the STEM sector.

Some of the main points to come out of the survey include:

  • The need for workforce flexibility both in relation to hours of work and location of work, with many planning to offer longer remote working periods to those who are vulnerable or with special circumstances.
  • Issues in relation to public transport and how to ensure that employees can utilise this safely, as investigations into alternative methods of getting to work begin or continue.
  • Issues in relation to face to face meetings with clients and suppliers.
  • Changes to the workplace and communal areas such as kitchens, stairwells and lifts, and how these will be made safer through cleaning procedures and limiting how many staff work in the office at each time.
  • Pay increases v wage freezes.
  • Recruitment v redundancies.

This survey provides extremely thought-provoking insights and gives us information on the way the life sciences sector is coping with the pandemic and returning to work.

If you would like to know more about this study do not hesitate to contact Liam O’Connell of the CK Group or Catherine O’Mahony of On Q Recruitment at