As the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns surrounding a second wave of infections continue through autumn, public health concerns remain a top priority for people both in and outside the healthcare industry and Guy Carpenter is actively working with healthcare executives on how to mitigate the impacts of the virus on the sector.
The healthcare industry has been on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic. Health and social care workers make up the largest proportion of key worker occupations, at 31 percent (1). The care industry has faced many challenges, not least in caring and protecting elderly vulnerable care home residents in a time of great uncertainty, according to Philip Dearn, Practice Leader, UK Healthcare at Guy Carpenter-affiliate Marsh.
Healthcare operators right across the spectrum employ agency workers — employees who are contracted with a hiring agency, and are then supplied to businesses for assignment. Agency workers have been integral to care home operators during the ongoing pandemic, and also utilized as cover for staff who are self-isolating.
Agency workers will often work for numerous operators simultaneously, and can therefore find themselves working for several operators within a short period.
- Office of National Statistics