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Employee monitoring increased during COVID-19

Since the start of COVID-19 in March 2020, according to a poll of 3,000 workers carried out by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), 15% of workers have experienced an increase in employer monitoring.  Particularly, 26% of respondents reported that employers were using technologies to track when they started and finished work, 13% were having their breaks recorded and 8% of workers even had their social media screened.  It is also revealed that, 33% of workers on insecure contracts believed that their work activities were monitored at all times, compared to 20% of those in secure work.

Interestingly, less than 31% of respondents had been consulted when new monitoring technology was introduced, with the majority of workers revealing that they are uncomfortable with the varying forms of remote monitoring technology.