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Firms gearing up to replace staff who can’t work remotely – and admin staff may be first to go…

New data has emerged that highlights how businesses are planning for the ‘new normal’ post COVID and how this is impacting recruitment over the next 12 months. And 90% of companies surveyed stated that part of their strategy was to start replacing staff who were unable or struggled to work remotely. 

The research by global expenses app ExpenseOnDemand has revealed that many of these firms are looking to automate more systems to ensure a seamless transition between remote and office-based working and need employees that mirror this new working model.

Worryingly for PA Life readers, 84% of companies stated they are looking at ways of reducing clerical and admin roles by implementing more automated processes.

The survey did offer some positive news elsewhere, as nearly all (95%) of businesses surveyed said they would be recruiting for new roles in 2021 as the economy begins to recover and the vaccination efforts allows the country to open back up.

Sunil Nigam, Founder at ExpenseOnDemand, said: “The pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on the world economy and many businesses are putting robust plans in place to ensure they can minimise impact on any future epidemics – and this is clearly being reflected in new recruitment strategies around the globe. The demand for more automated processes reflects the increased demand for our services in the last year.”

Since the start of the pandemic the expenses app has been updated to make it easier for the new working normal as offices stay closed, employees work from home and businesses are turning to technology for simpler and automated solutions. ExpenseOnDemand integrates and transfers data between Xero/Sage and QuickBooks and ensures the app remains a market leading solution for businesses globally and that it continues to work seamlessly with remote working employees in multiple locations.

The leading expenses app is also offering UK charities 12 months free access to their market leading online solution for managing employee expenses and helping organisations automate their expenses process as so many charities have struggled through the pandemic with traditional fundraising events cancelled or delayed.

Nigam added: “The pandemic has been particularly tough for many charities in the UK as firms have cut back on charitable donations and activities and key fundraising events have had to be cancelled. The team at ExpenseOnDemand wanted to be able to offer some support to charities across the UK by giving them completely free access to our systems.”