Defra labour survey has been suspended

14 March 2022

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Seasonal workers picking daffodils on a farm

Defra has decided to suspend its weekly survey into labour absences which provided them with real-time data about staff absences and labour supply in key sectors of the UK economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We would like to thank all of our members who took the time to regularly complete the survey and feed information into Defra.

It is very much appreciated.

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We appreciate that we are still in incredibly challenging times and encourage anyone feeling stressed or anxious to contact:

"The data supplied was incredibly useful to government. It was fed into meetings with ministers and officials, to ensure that they had accurate data when monitoring the quickly moving situation regarding Covid absences, and particularly with the Omicron variant. It also provides an excellent set of data and intelligence to improve understanding of the impacts of other risks, bolstering the UK’s overall resilience."
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