Almost 30 per cent of employed people were not working during the last two weeks of March despite having a job, the National Statistics Office said.
In the same period, 59 per cent of those who had a job felt their employment was aﬀected by the onset of COVID-19.
It also resulted that one of the major changes experienced by the employed was a reduction in the number of working hours or complete absence from work. The number of hours worked every week dropped from an annual average of 37 hours in 2019 to a mean 23 hours in the second half of March 2020.
The NSO also found that almost 80 per cent of employed people worked fewer hours than usual due to slack work and over a third of those employed in the period under review were working from home. Last year, 12 out of every 100 people carried out work from home.
It noted that the closure of non-essential retail, food and accommodation, transport and recreation industries resulted in an increase in the number of people being absent from their jobs.
In addition, since all childcare and education institutions were not available, and informal care provided by grandparents was no longer possible, parents might have had to resort to time oﬀ.