The coronavirus pandemic has now taken hold around the world, and it is becoming clear that it will take a significant toll on the global economy. “Business as usual” is being
hard hit, with many governments introducing emergency measures to support previously successful companies as social distancing rules mean they have to shut their
doors. Many workers are being furloughed, taking pay cuts, working reduced hours or being laid off.
Remote working is becoming the norm in several sectors, while at the same time overwhelming demand in essential front line services is seeing key workers working longer hours than ever in extremely difficult conditions.