COVID-19 has been one of the largest outbreaks the world has seen since the Spanish Flu. With each country determining the best plan of action; many changes have been made especially regarding employment. Panic was spread across the nation with uncertainty being at an all-time high and a large number of people found themselves unemployed.
However, restrictions and guidelines were put into place thereby transitioning countries like the UK towards complete remote working wherever applicable. It’s been clear that there is separation between the people that are happy with it and those who are not.
Given the significance of COVID-19, all sectors have been affected but some more than other. An example would be education with schools being forced to close to the majority; it changed the lives of every parent, teacher and child per school. However, in IT, a lot of work can be carried out remotely such as technical support.
IT, as a whole, is a diverse market and is constantly evolving but this pandemic has given a push to companies to commence remote working schemes and rotas because there was no other choice given the scale, severity and magnitude of COVID-19 especially being as contagious as it was and currently is. This is supported by the emergence of cloud networking which has now become a massive part of both private and public sector business. Cloud networking, which we provide and you can find out more here, is essentially a secure way to store all of your data whilst being very cost effective but also be easily accessible. With this, it is now easier to work from anywhere meaning that people are no longer tied to their specific office building to work.
As reported by the Office for National Statistics, 46.6% of people in employment did some work at home and 86% of those did so due to the pandemic. It has opened a lot of eyes on how employment and work locations operated before COVID-19.
This may be a future way of working permanently with jobs such as developers being able to work from home which greatly benefits companies due to the potential of saving thousands in overheads for maintaining a company building. This, as we have said before, can benefit all parties involved but other industries like construction and building will not have this option because their work cannot function as such.
How Has The Pandemic Affected AIT?
Advanced IT Services is a prime example of a company that has coped very well during these pandemic times as with other IT companies because there has been an increase in demand for IT equipment and support with reduced supply given the fact that countries like the UK have urged people to stay and work at home. Although, this actually negatively impacted consumers because the movement of goods was limited across the globe meaning that suppliers incurred higher costs leading to higher consumer pricing and the consumer pricing has soared massively. This along with the increased unemployment made it difficult for the everyday person to purchase some of the equipment needed to work from home thus their employers had to pay out to facilitate remote working.
Advanced IT Services do support schools as well as companies and support was needed more than ever because thousands of staff had to use devices at home even if they have never before. Zoom and Teams came into fruition during the COVID-19 period and Advanced IT Services, like many other IT support businesses, helped set up, deploy and educate their clients on operation. AIT have still been operating as normal with the exception of visiting sites that we manage due to the restrictions. Remote working, for a lot of people, has been a new venture because it has not been performed at such a scale before this.