Here’s how the coronavirus has impacted these workers so far, as well as what’s being done to help people.
Last updated: March 25, 2020
Pictured: A worker sanitizes the grandstand handrails despite being closed to the public for safety concerns over the coronavirus in Arcadia, California, on March 14, 2020. Photo by: Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM
<div class="gallery-item"> <h2>Over Half of Hourly Employees Are Experiencing Reduced Hours, Unpaid Leave or Job Loss</h2>The <a rel="noopener noreferrer" href="https://www.branchapp.com/" target="_blank">Branch</a> survey found that 37% of hourly workers are working fewer hours, 17% are on unpaid leave and 2% have lost their jobs. In comparison, 26% of salaried workers are working fewer hours, 6% are on unpaid leave and 1% have lost their jobs. Nearly half of salaried workers — 46% — said they are working roughly the same number of hours as before. </div> <div class="gallery-item"> <h2>Why Hourly Workers Are Being Hit Harder Than Salaried Employees</h2>Hourly workers are experiencing more job loss and decreased hours due to the industries many of them work in.
“In general, hourly employees are seeing reductions in hours and [job loss], specifically in the restaurant vertical and hospitality,” said Atif Siddiqi, CEO of Branch. “When businesses aren’t open, they can’t work. There is no work from home.”
<div class="gallery-item"> <h2>Restaurant and Food Services Workers Are the Most Heavily Impacted by Coronavirus-Related Closures</h2>Eighty-two percent of hourly employees working in food service are experiencing reduced hours or unpaid leave, the survey found. Hospitality was the second-highest impacted sector, with 73% of employees working fewer hours or on unpaid leave. </div> <div class="gallery-item"> <h2>Most Hourly Workers Are Concerned About Affording Day-to-Day Expenses</h2>Hourly workers have typically cited being able to pay their mortgage or rent as their top financial concern, but now they are more concerned about affording shorter-term expenses. Ninety-one percent of hourly workers are worried about being able to afford groceries and 76% are worried about being able to pay their utility bills. Siddiqi said these worries are especially top-of-mind for hourly workers who were already living paycheck-to-paycheck.